Peterson Gets Fired Up About the Farm Bill

Peterson Gets Fired Up About the Farm Bill

Hopping mad about a stop-gap nine-month extension of current farm programs under the “fiscal cliff” deal, rural Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson fired off letters to House GOP leaders. In the letters, he states that there is “no reason why the House Agriculture Committee should undertake the fool’s errand” of writing another five-year farm bill in the new session of Congress.  

Peterson’s letters to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday follow repeated refusals by GOP leadership to consider the Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan five-year farm bill during the last Congress and a “last-minute, backroom” nine-month farm bill extension that ignored the work of the House and Senate farm committees.

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