Monday, January 20, 2014

Just in from Capitol Hill


Farm Bill: Lucas Works on Dairy Language Fix

Washington--House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) rode to the rescue of small Western towns Wednesday and next hopes to save his farm bill-and himself -with a deal on new dairy language. Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Lucas's ranking Democrat, said late Wednesday that he had yet to see the draft dairy language and expressed some doubt -from what he did know on the topic-if it would work effectively.

But staff talks continued into Wednesday evening and there appears to be a concerted push to try to put to rest the remaining farm bill disputes before Congress leaves Friday for a weeklong recess. Dairy and payment limits on farm subsidies are the two biggest. If Lucas and his Senate counterpart, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), can reach compromises, they would be in far better shape when lawmakers return at the end of January.

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