Peterson Hopeful For Passing Farm Bill This Summer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An influential Minnesota voice on agriculture says he’s hopeful that Congress will pass a new farm bill this summer after efforts last year failed.

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, had threatened earlier this year to sit out writing a new farm bill unless he got a guarantee from House Republican leaders that they’d let the legislation get a floor vote this time.

Peterson tells The Associated Press he now has those assurances from Speaker John Boehner and others, so his name will be on the bill when it’s unveiled later this week.

Both the House and Senate agriculture panels meet next week tol begin shaping their versions of the bill, which will guide agricultural policies and spending for the next five years.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Daily Brief: Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - DFL SD 48 ~ Democrats of Southern Minnetonka and Eden Prairie

    […] Nolan PoliGraph: GOP hit on Nolan doesn’t achieve lift-off, MPR Peterson Peterson hopeful about passing farm bill this summer, WCCO Dayton Dayton weighs in on budget plans, minimum wage, legislative pay raises, the stadium […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Thursday Night Football

Listen Live