David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says more ‘outside the box’ thinking will be needed to save a farm bill this fall and he is prepared to support ‘bigger ideas’ to get the task done.
“‘I may have to do a lot of things outside the box to get this final thing together, I will acknowledge that to you,’ Lucas told POLITICO of upcoming talks with the Senate. ‘This is going to be a hard, complicated conference.’
“‘I’m not opposed to bigger ideas. I just want to get it done,’ he said. ‘And right now you know how difficult it will be to make something happen from the status quo in the two bills.’
“‘The challenges that will confront the House and Senate, when we both get there, are so great. The positions are locked in so tight on so many issues. That to achieve a consensus that we can pass on both floors, that we get the president to sign, we may have to think outside the box.’”