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Wednesday 09/12/12

House GOP Remains Conflicted on Farm Bill

The Farm Bill Now rally is set to go today in Washington as Politico reports some chinks in the armor of Republican leaders in the House who have insisted on trying to run out the clock on the farm bill.

David Rogers reported that some Republican lawmakers questioned the failure to bring up the bill and acknowledged some political pushback at home over the House leadership's stance. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., quoted in Rogers' article, made the case for a farm bill.

“Of the 100 agriculture districts in the House, 73 are in our hands. A majority of our conference would vote for it,” Cole said. “Politically it’s the smart thing to do and institutionally it’s the right thing. It may not be perfect but we ought to have the courage to put it on the floor and let Congress work its will.”

The Hill reports this morning on the farm groups' efforts to lobby for the legislation and the rally. The article has an interesting quote from Iowa farmer Pam Johnson, first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association when asked whether the farm-lobby push was too little, too late.

“They are telling us our effort is too little, too late? Their effort is too little, too late,” Johnson told the Hill. “I have heard people ask why haven’t they heard of a farmer revolt. Well, farmers aren’t anarchists. Farmers go about their business, and they expect Congress to go about theirs.”

Despite the push, however, Associated Press reports Congress is determined to do little more than collect paychecks over the next two weeks and acknowledge little in terms of accomplishment before going home to ask voters to let them do it again next year.

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Posted at 7:08AM CDT 09/12/12 by Chris Clayton
Comments (1)
the classic definition of insanity is repeating the same act over and over, but expecting different results. Democrat...Republican? These folks are on the BOTTOM end of the strings, so either one comes with their own set of "Masters" to whom they're beholding to. If you vote them in, again?
Posted by Ric Ohge at 9:42AM CDT 09/13/12
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