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Rep. Doc Hastings Talks about Hot Topic Issues

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The debate continues in Washington, D.C. over several hot-button issues including immigration reform, and the Farm Bill.

NBC Right Now got a chance to speak with Congressman Doc Hastings about those key issues, and how they affect his constituents here at home.

Rep. Hastings is pressing for many pieces of legislation to make it through Congress and become law.

He successfully gathered support to pass an amendment in the House to make the B Reactor part of a national historic park. Now it's up to the Senate.

"Now that it has passed one house, I think the prospects get better. I'm going to do everything I can to see that it becomes law," Hastings said.

The House failed to pass the Farm Bill last week, letting down many local supporters.

Hastings says the research dollars in the bill would be a big help to farming community.

"Research dollars for our specialty crops. When we sit here and say apples and potatoes are specialty crops that doesn't make much sense, but when you look at that and how they are categorized they are specialty crops. The research that goes on is always matched by the industry so these dollars are very important," Hastings said.

Hastings says he's optimistic Farm Bill legislation will pass before the current bill expires in September.

Our ag industry's dependence on migrant labor also faces changes as immigration talks heat up.

Hastings says he sees progress in the early stages of a new house bill.

"The guest worker bill from my perspective, largely answers the challenges that our labor intensive ag faces here. That's just our committee and obviously has to go through the process, but I'm very encouraged by that action by the house judiciary committee," Hastings said.

Hastings also serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and says he's dedicated to investigations into the Benghazi attack and the recent IRS scandal.

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