Iowa Democratic candidate for Congress Ed Fallon on Monday proposed a federal ban on the construction or expansion of large-scale livestock confinements by corporations.
Fallon, a former state representative from Des Moines, blamed corporate hog confinements for some of the economic ills facing rural Iowa.
"Part of Main Street and rural Iowa's problem is the shrinking base of on-farm employment in the small towns and the surrounding rural areas," Fallon said in a Des Moines Register interview. "Nowhere is that more evident than in hog production."
Fallon is challenging six-term Rep. Leonard Boswell, also a Des Moines Democrat, in the June 3 primary for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District.
Fallon echoed former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards in calling for a halt to new or expanded hog confinements. Fallon supported Edwards in the campaign for the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
Boswell opposes a moratorium on livestock confinements.
McCain's medical records will be released on Friday. Interesting how they put them out on a Friday.