Ag Committee Member Tim Walz (D., Minn.) highlighted the Farm Bill on the House floor today.
Rep. Walz stated that, “Thank you, Mister Speaker. The one thing I hear from my constituents when I talk to them out in southern Minnesota is, ‘Is it so much to ask you folks just to do your job?’ As the drama swirls and the brinkmanship goes, and it’s déjà vu all over again, certain things shouldn’t be that difficult.
“As we’re doing this, my farmers and ranchers and millions of them across the country are going about their work every day – getting up before dawn, doing their work – feeding us, clothing us, and powering this country. They’ve asked us to pass a Farm Bill. Four months ago, the Senate did it. Four months ago, the House Ag Committee did it. That wasn’t good enough. We came to this floor, we created drama, we tried to make being hungry a sin – and now you’ve got a monstrosity.
“Well you know what? The constitution makes it very clear: bring the two together, conference the bill, and pass something that’s good for America.
“I get it. You don’t like the Senate bill. I get it. Senate doesn’t like this bill. But you know what? Let’s get together and get something we both equally dislike but at least it serves the people and moves something forward.
“The time is now. The Farm Bill is waiting. People are hungry and producers are growing food. Pass the Farm Bill.”
House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.) were guests yesterday on the Valley News Live (Fargo, N.D.) Point of View television program with Chris Berg. The conversation focused on the Farm Bill, and in particular nutrition related issues (video replay of the entire program here, the video can also be seen at this link).
In part, Rep. Peterson indicated that, “This is really not about food stamps per se and the Farm Bill per se. What this is about is an effort by the Heritage Foundation and others that have been going on for twenty, thirty years, until now nobody has listened to them.
“They have been trying to split the farm bill from the nutrition bill for years. This has been something they have tried every time we have done a Farm Bill. And the reason is not so much to cut SNAP (food stamps), that’s not what they after. What they are after is, they want to get rid of farm programs.
“So if you are a farmer out there and if you live in the Red River Valley which is dependent on the sugar program, you have to be careful what you do here because if these bills were split, and if it were permanently split so that we never had nutrition together with the farm bill, I can guarantee you the sugar program would not survive in the future.”
(Rep. Peterson audio clip from yesterday’s Point of View program available here (MP3- 1:45)).
Also on yesterday’s program, Rep. Cramer noted that, “I am confident that the bill will get put back together, in fact we are going to pass a rule later this week that allows that to happen and conferees will be named. And there is no doubt that the bill is going to come back to the House and the Senate, in my mind anyway there is no doubt, that it will come back, put back together and that the savings in the food stamp program is going to be a lot closer to $4 billion than to $40 billion.”
(Rep. Cramer audio clip from the Point of View program available here (MP3- 0:57)).
House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.) were guests yesterday on the Valley News Live (Fargo, N.D.) Point of View television program with Chris Berg. The conversation focused on the Farm Bill, and in particular nutrition related issues. (The video can also be seen at this link).
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