Two Separate Statements About Farm Bill Process

November 21, 2011 10:56 AM

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Lucas and Stabenow will 'continue process of reauthorizing farm bill' while Roberts has targeted comments about the process

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The following two statements tell you all you need to know about the behind-closed-door farm bill process that failed when the Super Committee failed:

Statement from House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders on Super Committee's Announcement

Today Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement in response to the announcement that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has failed to reach an agreement.

"House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders developed a bipartisan, bicameral proposal for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that would save $23 billion. However, the Joint Select Committee’s failure to reach a deal on an overall deficit reduction package effectively ends this effort. We are pleased we were able to work in a bipartisan way with committee members and agriculture stakeholders to generate sound ideas to cut spending by tens of billions while maintaining key priorities to grow the country’s agriculture economy. We will continue the process of reauthorizing the farm bill in the coming months, and will do so with the same bipartisan spirit that has historically defined the work of our committees."

Senator Roberts Issues Statement on Agriculture Spending and the Super Committee

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:

"Today’s announcement by the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction means that a Farm Bill will now be written in regular order as it should be. In recent weeks, the chairs of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have worked on a Farm Bill proposal, largely without my input and the input of the other members of the two committees. The last proposal was so ‘secret’ that I still have not seen final legislative language and scores. Significant strides were proposed in crop insurance and conservation programs. However, I had substantial concerns about what little I knew of the direction of the commodity title and the inequitable distribution of spending reductions between commodities, conservation, nutrition and specialty crop programs.

"I know that Chairwoman Stabenow and Chairman Lucas have worked hard to put together a recommendation to the Joint Committee. However, this process was not the way to write the Farm Bill. I call on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to hold open, public hearings where policy ideas are discussed and debated on their merits, followed by a mark-up that allows input by all committee members. Farm Bills have always been done this way, in a bipartisan manner. I look forward to returning to normal order and writing a bill that is good for all of Rural America while being responsible to taxpayers and our WTO obligations."


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