The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


Senators say bring up their farm bill, but Peterson says no

While most House members and farm lobbyists were lying low, licking their wounds and trying to figure out a path forward on the farm bill that failed to pass the House on Thursday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and some other senators suggested that the House bring up the Senate bill.

“The House needs to find a way to get a five-year farm bill done,” Stabenow said in a news release late Thursday. “The speaker needs to work in a bipartisan way and present a bill that Democrats and Republicans can support. He could start by bringing the Senate bill to the floor for a vote.”

“Maintaining the status quo means no reform, no deficit reduction, and further uncertainty that slows growth in our agriculture industry,” she added. “This is totally unacceptable.”

But when a reporter asked House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., on Thursday about bringing up the Senate bill, Peterson said it would get even fewer votes that the amended House Agriculture Committee-passed bill that members had rejected by a vote of 234 against to 195 in favor.