Legislation

Wish List

January 30 2014

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Last year in January, I announced my wish list for 2013. Today, let’s review that list and see how we did. 

Wish Number 1: “Get a farm bill passed.” Well, we’re still wishing. 

Wish Number 2: “Deal with our immigration problem.…

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What’s In the Farm Bill?

December 19 2013

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The obvious issues in the farm bill are nutrition programs, crop insurance, and farm safety net supports. However, there are some important sections in the bill that could be almost as important that don’t get much attention. 

The…

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Farm Bill Conflict

November 21 2013

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We don’t have a budget yet. We don’t have a farm bill. House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) hopes to have a draft bill by week’s end. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Ag Committee Chairman acknowledges there are a lot of…

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Farm Bill

November 7 2013

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Will we get a farm bill or won’t we get a farm bill? No one knows at this point. There are still a number of unanswered questions.  

The biggest fight is over how much to cut the spending on food stamps. We have 50 million people…

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Issues of the Day

October 31 2013

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Farm bill negotiations are not the only important thing going on right now. Ballots are being collected in Washington State that could force labels on foods and beverages that contain GMOs. Will it pass? We don’t know but if it…

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Trade Protectionism

September 5 2013

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These are the words of Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) – It is the responsibility of “Congress, not the states” to regulate interstate commerce.

Here is what this is all about. Mr. King offered an amendment to the farm…

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House Passes Farm Bill

July 18 2013

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As I said last week, “I’m headed to the farm in Illinois.” I went to the farm twice in May, hoping we could get some corn planted. It rained both times. However, somehow, in between rains, we got it in the ground.…

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Can We Get Anything Done?

July 11 2013

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With a long 4th of July weekend, I spent a little more time reading the paper and getting updated on what is going on in our Capitol City and the world. I’m not surprised. The government can’t get anything done and the…

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Farm Bill, June 2013

June 27 2013

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Last week, I said the farm bill was fighting its way to the finish line. Well, it didn’t make it. In a vote of 234 to 195, agriculture was dealt a stunning defeat.

What happened? Only 21 Democrats voted for the bill.…

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Farm Bill 2013

June 13 2013

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Here we are again, trying to get a farm bill passed. We have been operating under an  extension of the old bill for the last year. Since I served as Secretary of Agriculture, the  Congress has passed a new farm bill every 5…

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