Iowa GOP Senator and Agriculture Committee Member Charles Grassley was a guest today on the AgriTalkradio program with Mike Adams, where a portion of their discussion focused on the Farm Bill.
In part, Sen. Grassley noted that he did hear from constituents over the recess on the Farm Bill issue, but noted that he would not describe what he heard as “pressure;” rather, voters expressed concern about how the Farm Bill process will play out.
Sen. Grassley outlined four potential directions for the Farm Bill, in the order of best possible outcome to least desirable. These included:
As she did earlier this week, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) went to the Senate floor again today to call attention to the Farm Bill, and the lack of progress on the measure from the House GOP leadership.
Chairwoman Stabenow reiterated that a short-term disaster aid package is not an adequate path forward. In addition, Chairwoman Stabenow stated that she would not support a one-year extension of the current Farm Bill. She asked the House GOP leadership for one day, just one day, to consider the House Agriculture Committee passed measure on the floor.
Near the conclusion of her presentation, Sen. John Tester (D., Mont.), who is also facing voters this November, engaged in colloquy on Farm Bill issues with the Michigan Democrat.
To listen to a portion of Chairwoman Stabenow’s remarks, along with the comments from Sen. Tester, click on the listen bar below:
(9.13) Rep. Kristi Noem (R., S.D.) returned to the House floor to call for action on a Farm Bill today. Rep. Noem read excerpts of a letter from a couple who run a farming and ranching operation in Wall, South Dakota. In the letter, the couple underscored the need for certainty when it comes to agriculture policy so they can make planting decisions.
Senator Jerry Moran (R., Kan.), who is one of the most articulate, direct and clairvoyant communicators for agricultural and rural issues on the national stage, spoke yesterday at the Farm Bill Now rally in Washington, D.C. A replay of his remarks are available here.
Mr. Hagstrom, who authors The Hagstrom Report, a news service providing original national and international agricultural news to subscribers, provided a broad-based and informative presentation of the Farm Bill debate currently underway in Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Steinhauer reported in today’s New York Times that, “Congressional agreement on a stalled farm bill seemed increasingly out of reach on Wednesday, as a few hundred farmers gathered near the Capitol to press for its passage. They were greeted by an unusually bipartisan group of lawmakers pushing for action in the House, where Republican leaders have declined to pursue legislation.
“‘Americans want us to work together to get it done for rural America,’ said Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan and chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to the farmers’ cheers. [Note that a video replay of Chairwoman Stabenow’s remarks can be viewed here].
“Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, also spoke, chiding members of his own party in the House for refusing to bring their own committee’s farm bill to the floor. ‘Don’t sit on the sidelines waiting for something to happen,’ he said.”