Farm bill talks nonetheless stalled out because the clock winds down

December 02, 2013 0 Comments

posted at 1:21 pm about December 2, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Home plus Senate are just inside session simultaneously for a grand total of five days before the Christmas christmas hits, plus there continue to be many big-ticket products lingering found on the possible Congressional docket. Among them: A defense authorization bill; the big budget deal about that Paul Ryan plus Patty Murray are working; plus naturally, which behemoth of business pork thus important to the specialized interests inside flyover nation, the so-called farm bill.

The nation is currently working about a temporary extension of the combined agricultural plus food-stamp plan legislation, plus passing another multi-year package has been going by fits plus starts of varying levels of legislative drama over the previous six months, without any main breakthroughs. The bill’s conferees (Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ranking associate Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Home Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., ranking associate Collin Peterson, D-Minn.) failed to satisfy their objective of achieving a framework for a meeting report before Thanksgiving, plus even with telephone calls plus meetings happening over the break, it doesn’t sound like there’s been much definite progress — because much because they really do wish To receive anything passed instead of reverting to another extension, through National Journal:

But they did meet 3 instances last week plus have talked found on the telephone many occasions because. The Senate is not inside session this week, however, all conferees have been told they can be summoned to Washington for an open meeting meeting found on the bill about Wednesday. A Cochran spokesman mentioned which whether the meeting happens this week or not, “The principals continue to speak plus are having substantive discussions. They all hope to come up with a program which is workable for all components of the nation.” …

One congressional aide functioning found on the bill reacted inside stronger terms. Even though the main negotiators didn’t receive the framework, “it’s not like everyone is angry with every alternative plus not speaking anymore. Who would like to speak regarding a two-year extension whenever you are this close for you to get a farm bill performed? It beats anything I’ve ever enjoyed.” …

The main negotiators as well as the Agriculture Department have warned which when a brand-new bill is not finalized by Dec. 31, the USDA must commence utilizing the 1949 dairy system plus which might cause high dairy costs. But inside an interview, Hoeven recognized which several legislators consider Jan. 15, the date whenever the current continuing resolution funding the government runs out, to function as the real deadline for a budget deal, for an appropriations bill for the rest of fiscal 2014, as well as for the farm bill. But he mentioned he worries which exiting the farm bill until January can signify it gets too mixed up with different legislation. He equally noted which because the year moves along, the bill will be topic to rescoring, that might complicate its completion.

There’s nonetheless certain conversation over certain of the agricultural-policy measures, however the big sticking point which can draw the many attention (because ever) will be food stamps as well as the oh-so-draconian five % cut Home Republicans have proposed to the metastasized federal system. Via the WSJ:

If the farm bill stalls again this year, both parties can try to paint the alternative because responsible for the failure. The dynamic might influence a range of 2014 races inside both the Home plus Senate, including inside Montana, where the problem helped Democratic Sen. Jon Tester retain his seat last year. In Iowa, the farm bill is really significant which Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, running for an open Senate seat, broke from many inside his party to join Republicans inside supporting the House’s initially, failed attempt to pass a farm bill inside June.

“This will be a extremely extensive matter,” mentioned Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, that oversees Home races for the party. He signaled which Democrats might accuse Republicans of politicizing what had traditionally been a bipartisan bill, inside element by demanding big cuts to food stamps. “It fits into the total theme of the reckless, Republican Congress which injects partisanship plus ideology into issues which had usually been bipartisan,” he mentioned.

Some conservatives, by comparison, state which lawmakers is rewarded when they refuse a farm bill which spends too much income or ends up resembling “corporate welfare” for farmers. “It’s a chance for those to state Washington is not inside the company of handing details out to individuals,” mentioned Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation, a traditional think tank.

It won’t be almost because significant a campaign matter because ObamaCare, by way of example, or any alternative amount of issues, nevertheless it’s nevertheless a fuss inside a great deal of more remote districts, plus both parties is seeking to take benefit of it, particularly is Congress does end up opting for another extension.


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