February 28, 2020

Farm Bill; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill

Erik Wasson and Russell Berman reported yesterday at The Hill’s On the Money Blog that, “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said he does not believe the deficit savings in a 2013 farm bill should be used to reach a year-end budget deal replacing the sequester.

“The farm bill being negotiated between the House and the Senate could contain as much as $51 billion in savings over 10 years. That could go a long way toward replacing the $91 billion in automatic agency budget cuts in fiscal 2014, prompting speculation that a budget deal could midwife the enactment of the farm bill.

“But Boehner said he has told Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the lead budget negotiator for House Republicans, not to look to the farm bill for savings.”

The Hill update noted that, “‘I think it’s a separate issue, and I’ve made it very clear to Chairman Ryan,’ Boehner said at his weekly press conference.”

(Note that related audio clips from yesterday’s press conference with the Speaker can be heard here (MP3- 0:23) and here (MP3- 0:19).