Farm Bill: Rep. Collin Peterson- AgriTalk Interview From Yesterday
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) was a guest on yesterday’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams, where the discussion focused on the Farm Bill (unofficial transcript here , audio replay here, (MP3- 10:18)).
In part, Rep. Peterson indicated that, “But on balance I think they [the Senate] did a pretty good job with the bill, and I give Frank Lucas high marks for what he’s been doing over in the House. He and I are working together, and hopefully we can get the leadership to let us get this thing on track. We’ve got a good bipartisan bill put together in the House. We’re ready to go. It’s just a matter of the leadership giving us floor time.
“We get to the floor, it’s going to be tough. We’re going to have a lot of amendments, and we’re not sure, because we have all these new members, we’re not sure exactly where things are going to come out. But we’re going to be together fighting for what we think is right. You know, I’m optimistic. I think we’re going to get this done, get this thing into conference before the August recess and get it in conference over August, and get it on the floor in September and get it done.”
More specifically on House timing, Rep. Peterson noted that, “We were going to mark up on Wednesday this week, but Mr. Cantor [House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.)], who is no big fan of these farm bills, requested that we delay until the 11th. I wasn’t happy with that, but it’s their decision how to schedule this, and it’s going to… It makes me a little nervous that we’re pushing up against the timeline, but I still can see a pathway to get this done.
“I think their attitude was, well, the Senate will never get it done, so we don’t have to worry about it. We do have a number of Republicans that don’t like…don’t want to do any farm bill, but it would hurt them significantly if they held, you know, if it’s the leadership of the Republicans in the House holding this up because it’s not going to be us. It’s not going to be the Ag Committee. And if they screw this up, I think they’re going to pay the price in farm country in the election.”