Republican Senators call on U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller help Iraq purchase wheat. Four Senators joined Roger Marshall of Kansas in signing the letter, Senators John Boozman of Arkansas, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Cornyn of Texas, and James Inhofe of Oklahoma. The lawmakers specifically ask Ambassador Tueller to engage in the wheat tendering process and for the U.S. State Department to offer additional assistance to the Iraqis to purchase U.S. wheat.
From the time a tender is issued, it takes nearly three months for wheat to arrive in the country. The letter states, “Wheat purchases by Iraq require multiple ministries working in tandem, which is where we are hopeful your outreach to them can be helpful.” The letter cites smaller than expected harvest and lower government procurement of local, which means Iraq will need to import a substantial volume of wheat to continue to operate their primary subsidized feeding program, the Public Distribution System.