Farm Bill Update: Two-Year Extension a Rumor

September 18, 2013 12:00 AM
Farm Bill Update: Two-Year Extension a Rumor

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."

Click play below to watch the complete clip with Lucas:

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Spell Check

9/18/2013 05:43 AM

  Agriculture is doing fine. If you want to save real money, get rid of FSA and USDA, that way you would not need any of the exemployees, people doing research, and you wouldn't expect farmers to answer silly surveys on production because there would be no one asking the questions. The people on welfare and food stamps would then need to go back to work of which there is plenty of work to go around. This statement is supported by the need for illegal border crashers because we don't have enough ag workers. If we got rid of paying for people not to work, we would have plenty of farm workers. I may a bit simplistic, but it would solve a lot of problems if we get rid of the USDA and all the employees and give-aways that go with the programs.


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