Farm Bill Signing Controversial
Washington--Even after it's passed Congress, nothing comes easy for this farm bill. President Barack Obama is slated to sign the measure into today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, but at the urging of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), he will do so at Michigan State University-not at the customary White House ceremony.
That decision appears to have been made without first consulting the House Agriculture Committee leadership and has left hurt feelings-and empty seats-in its wake. Indeed, among the top four negotiators on the farm bill, only Stabenow is expected to attend the event. In an interview, the chairwoman said her goal was to show Obama out in the country and celebrate Michigan State's history as one of the nation's first land grant universities.