House Democrats have made no secret of their dislike of the farm bill. There wasn’t a single dissenter when the bill came up for its first vote and was ultimately defeated by a split within the Republican party.
This week the bill will likely see the floor again as GOP leadership followed through on a promise to the Freedom Caucus to address immigration, but wonder if it will be enough. Ranking House Committee Member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) doesn’t think so.
“I don’t see where that gets them— they are divided on Immigration on the Republican side,” said Peterson. “There is probably another 10 to15 Republicans that didn’t want to vote for it [Farm Bill] because of the SNAP stuff until their arm was twisted.”
On Tuesday’s AgriTalk, Peterson told host Chip Flory that he does support the language of the Farm Bill in the Senate and has reached out to fellow Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Even though Peterson does not support the House language, he would like to see it make it to conference committee.
“I hope this bill gets passed—I hope it gets into conference—so cooler heads can prevail” said Peterson. “With the way this conference is stacking up ,I am going to align more with the Senate than I am with the House.”
Flory did ask if any Democrats would consider voting for the bill to pass it along to eventually change, to which Peterson said no. He said that should something go awry at the next step, House Democrats won’t want their fingerprints on the bill.
Rep. Peterson and Flory discussed other topics as well touching on potential congressional action in regard to tariffs, and the immigration efforts in the House.
Also joining AgriTalk on Wednesday was agronomist Missy Bauer, and Nathan Kauffman, vice president and Omaha branch manager for the Federal Reserve of Kansas City.
You can catch the full AgriTalk conversation by clicking the player below