We are spending so much money on the farm that we are putting it into the bank, not into the pockets of our workers, and we are not even making enough to cover our own basic needs.
We are so broke that we cannot afford to pay our workers enough, according to our current payrolls.
We have so many people coming to us with problems because of their inability to work or because they have been laid off, that they are literally dying of starvation.
There are so many of them and they are dying of hunger.
I can tell you that I have personally seen more than 20 people die from starvation and we have not even paid the first $10,000.
We cannot pay the salaries for all of our people.
I have had people with no hope for a job come to me and ask for a $500 check because they could not pay the first month’s wages for the entire month.
And I do not even have enough money to pay for food.
There is just no way we are going to be able to do it.
We need to do something to help these workers and I want to see it done.
This is not something that I am going to just go and sit on my hands.
I will do anything that is going to help them.
So what are we going to do?
Well, I have a plan.
We’re going to have a strike and we’re going, we’re taking on all of these problems.
This will be a massive protest that I think is going not just to show the country that we have power but that we will make the change that needs to be made.
So we’re gonna have a massive rally.
We will have a sit-in, and then, we will march to the governor’s mansion.
We want to have this on the front pages of the newspapers, we want to put it in the papers and it will be the big event that the country has been waiting for.
We can start with this.
We do not need to wait for a massive public rally.
The public is tired of hearing about it, tired of waiting.
They have been working for the last six months and we can finally show the world that we can work together.
We’ve got the money and we know what we can do.
We just need the right people to come out to do this.
They are our only hope.
Thank you, Senator Chuck Grassley.
Mr. Chairman, thanks.
[The prepared statement of Senator Grassley follows:] [GRAPHIC: In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a hurricane warning was issued for Texas.
This transcript has been corrected to remove the first paragraph and insert the following:] Senator Grassley.
Thank all of you for being here.
My name is Senator Chuck Hatch, and I’m here today to share with you some of the facts and information that I know you have been wanting to hear about the devastation that is happening in the states of Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico.
I would like to start by thanking you for your willingness to sit with me and listen to what I have to say, and to thank you for standing with me to tell us what is going on in our communities.
You are not alone.
We know that millions of Americans are in need of help.
Many are homeless and need food, shelter, and healthcare.
But, as you know, the number one cause of hunger is not a lack of food, it is lack of shelter, not a shortage of healthcare, but a lack to pay the bills.
And, we have seen the impact of this on our economy.
This week alone, our unemployment rate reached nearly 9 percent.
We had an additional 6 million people without jobs.
The Congressional Budget Office reported last week that there are now over 4.3 million people in food pantries nationwide, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that more than 4.4 million Americans are hungry.
These numbers are unacceptable.
This year, nearly 40 million Americans will experience food insecurity and more than 11 million will experience poverty.
In this moment of great need, we must do what is right for our economy, our communities, and for our citizens.
And we must work together to make sure that we get back to basics so that we never again have to look to others for support.
The following is the transcript of the Senator’s remarks: Senator Hatch.
The people of Texas are hungry for help.
And so, I know that many of you have seen firsthand the impact Hurricane Maria has had on the lives of your fellow Texans.
And in particular, in the state of Texas, we know that our economy is in a state of emergency, and that has been a real problem.
So, we are asking the Congress to authorize us to take action to help Texas and the rest of the country recover.
The Federal Emergency Mitigation and Recovery Act of 2013 is an economic stimulus package that includes $6 billion in emergency relief to help rebuild our nation.
We believe this legislation will be able and will be