While there is a rumor that Congress might try to pass a two-year farm bill extension, says Chairman Frank Lucas of the House Agriculture Committee, he is determined to get a full bill approved.
"If there are people who think that by doing a two-year extension, they can outlast Chairman Lucas so they can get somebody in differently, somebody who’s not developed all the callouses and all the gristle and all the scars that I’ve developed in this process over recent years, I’m not leaving until we finish this farm bill," Lucas tells AgriTalk in the final clip of a four-part video series. "If I have to ask the Republican steering committee for more time as chairman, I will."
At the same time, he acknowledges that some within his own party—as well as some Democrats—would probably prefer that another person chair the committee.
"I think there are some of my friends on the right who would like to dramatically reduce, strip out, remove the safety net concepts, who view me as one of the biggest problems," Lucas says. "By the same token, there are probably some of my friends on the left who believe that if you wait two years, maybe there won’t be a Republican majority and instead of focusing on a balanced set of reforms, balanced savings, then we’ll go back to the old-tradition model of taking it all out of the production side and leave the social welfare side alone. We’re not going to let that happen."
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