U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA-10) and U.S. Representative Austin Scott (R-GA-08) told their respective constituents this month that Thanksgiving this year will likely cost them more than any other.
Scott, in an email to constituents, said the following:
• The price for a 15-pound turkey is up 27 percent
• The price for a pumpkin pie is up 17 percent
• The price for a three-pound bag of Russet potatoes is up 13 percent
• The price for a two-pound bag of carrots is up 47 percent
• The price for apples is up 6.7 percent
• The price for cranberries is up 5.2 percent
• The price for biscuits is up 4.8 percent
“On top of the rising cost of groceries, gas and energy prices continue to jump. A gallon of gas is up 61 percent nationally from a year ago, and home heating bills are projected to rise by as much as 54 percent compared to last winter,” Scott said.
“Despite the rising cost of goods and services, President Biden and Democrats in Congress continue to spend like there is no tomorrow. This is no way to run our country or recover from a pandemic. The American people have had enough.”
Hice, in a separate email to his own constituents, also blamed Biden.
“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this will be the MOST EXPENSIVE Thanksgiving in history! From turkey to potatoes to even your pumpkin pie, many might not be able to afford seconds this year,” Hice wrote.
“Remember when President Biden boasted about saving us 16 cents on our Fourth of July cookout? Well, affording Thanksgiving this year will take a lot more than just 16 cents!”
The nation’s supply chain crisis has strained Georgia’s farmers, so much so they’re unsure they can produce their crops on time.
This, according to Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc. Executive Officer Jon Schwalls earlier this month. The organization is based out of Norman Park.
Schwalls testified to the House Agriculture Committee this month on behalf of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.
Scott, who was at the hearing, said the nation’s unemployment rate is low — but its labor participation rate is down. He said farmers have a limited amount of time to apply pesticides, fertilizers, and chemicals. He warned in July that food prices were rising due to the increased cost of inputs that farmers are facing.
Hice, meanwhile, said earlier this month that Biden does not govern like someone who wants to run for reelection in 2024.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Jody Hice” by Congressman Jody Hice. Photo “Austin Scott” by Rep. Austin Scott. Background Photo “Thanksgiving Feast” by Yinan Chen.