House Agriculture Committee
As the House began debate on its version of a new five-year farm bill, the dean of Minnesota’s congressional delegation urged colleagues to pass it. Rep. Collin Peterson, the senior Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, says compromise is rare on Capitol Hill, but it’s what’s needed to get the bill passed.
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.
A conservative Blue Dog Democrat from Minnesota who broke ranks with most members of his party by voting against a bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff said Wednesday it fails to cut spending enough and won’t prevent another political showdown.
Many Republicans who swept rural Democrats from office are now confronting the reality of a promise to reduce spending: Should it cover the farm subsidies that have brought money and jobs to their districts — and directly benefited some GOP lawmakers or their families?