Roll Call writer Daniel Newhauser was a guest on this morning’s “Washington Journal” program on C-SPAN. Mr. Newhauser discussed the drought, the Farm Bill and the presidential campaign while talking phone calls from viewers.
A full replay of today’s “Washington Journal” program can be viewed here, while an audio clip where he specifically talks about the prospects of the Farm Bill passing before it expires in September can be heard here:
Meanwhile, Bernie Becker reported today at The Hill’s On the Money Blog that, “President Obama is poised to announce Monday that his administration will make up to $170 million in purchases to assist farmers struggling through one of the worst droughts in decades, according to an administration official.
“Obama is expected to announce the purchases of catfish, chicken, lamb and pork during a campaign trip through Iowa, a swing state that is also an agricultural center.”
And Politico writer Jennifer Epstein reported today that, “President Obama will use his first speech of his three-day bus tour to hit Paul Ryan as a leader of Republican opposition to the farm bill…”‘But right now, too many members of Congress are blocking that bill from becoming law. Now, I’m told Governor Romney’s new running mate might be around Iowa these next few days. And he’s one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away.’”
During his presentation today on C-SPAN, Daniel Newhauser spoke about Rep. Ryan’s views and ideas relating to the Farm Bill: