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July 25, 2014

Video: Sen. Klobuchar Discusses Farm Bill on Senate Floor

Categories: Farm Bill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) discussed Farm Bill issues on the Senate floor today, noting the importance of getting the legislation passed. Sen. Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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Video: Majority Leader Cantor, Demcratic Whip Hoyer Discuss Farm Bill on House Floor

Categories: Farm Bill

Today on the House floor, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) briefly discussed potential action on the Farm Bill before the end of the lame duck session of Congress.

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Farm Bill- Budget Issues; and, Trade

Farm Bill –Budget Issues

Jonathan Weisman explained in yesterday’s New York Times that, “For all the growing angst over the state of negotiations to head off a fiscal crisis in January, the parties are farthest apart on a relatively small part of the overall deficit reduction programthe down payment.

President Obama and the House speaker, John A. Boehner, are in general agreement that the relevant Congressional committees must sit down next year and work out changes to the tax code and entitlement programs to save well more than $1 trillion over the next decade.

“But before that work begins, both men want Congress to approve a first installment on deficit reduction in the coming weeks. The installment would replace the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that make up the ‘fiscal cliff,’ while signaling Washington’s seriousness about getting its fiscal house in order. That is where the chasm lies in size and scope.”  (This two-step compromise was explained in greater detail in this New York Times article from Nov. 17.)

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