Minn. Rep. Peterson says he won't craft farm bill extension without assurance it will get vote

  • Article by: STEVE KARNOWSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2013 - 4:48 PM
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bigfignewtJan. 2, 13 4:19 PM

I am sure that this is very frustrasting. You might want to cut foodstamps by 10%?? But if you don't write a farm bill what are you going to do in Washington for the next 4-years?

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lukasJan. 2, 13 4:59 PM

Well yeah, that makes complete sense. Don't write a bill until you have full assurances from those voting on the non-existant bill will vote for the non-existant bill that they, of course, have not been able to read. Wow, I'm not sure who to be more embarrassed for, the rep or the constituents....

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farcicalJan. 2, 13 5:59 PM

1. Reps serve for 2 years. 2. He simply requested that the Farm Bill be brought to the floor for a vote, during which it is debated and often amended. NOT voting on a new Bill typically results in rollover spending, usually NOT adjusted for inflation. GOP wants to cut Food Stamps but not look like robber barons while doing so.

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fromupnortJan. 2, 13 7:46 PM

What is the point of a farm bill? Really? Is it to prop up the already successful agri-businesses and farmers? I had a thought the other day: Wouldn't we all be better off with only 1/2 of the farmers that we have out there today? With the super sized machinery, one farmer could farm the whole county.

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rileykaJan. 2, 13 8:00 PM

Voted no on the Fiscal Cliff bill? Why even call yourself a Democrat, or for that matter, a public servant. Just one of those members of Congress that has been there far too long and will do anything to hold onto his job.

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gopher68Jan. 2, 13 8:28 PM

Remind me why we need billions in direct subsidies to farmers? Do they give the money back to the government when they make lots of money like most MN farmers did last year? What other industry gets so much government money?

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teddygJan. 2, 13 8:45 PM

Agree with gopher68. I don't see a reason to subsidize agribusiness, except for a hand full of price support mechanisms and buy out programs for small producers like dairy. We used to scream at the EU agri subsidies. Now they've gotten their 'farm' house in order with massive cuts and we keep on dumping money into agri pockets.

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wingophersJan. 2, 13 8:53 PM

Speaker Boehner being disrespectful ? No, Congressman Peterson the Speaker was just being himself and full of himself. I am sure Democrats when in control of the US House were disrespectful to Republicans as much as the Republicans today are disrespectful to the Democrats. Makes one want "term limits" for all members of Congress.

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walleyeguyJan. 2, 13 9:27 PM

Gopher68 and teddyg, you do realize there are no farm subsidies in there, right? Direct farm payments have gone away. The overwhelming majority of the Farm Bill goes to food and nutrition programs, not farmers. So please take a moment to learn about what you are commenting on. Fromupnorth, there are 80 Minnesota counties outside the metro area and many of them are dependent upon a healthy agricultural economy. For years the was a large exodus from rural communities to metro areas, but now more and more young people are looking to stay in rural areas because the ag industry is generating jobs and economic activity. In this day and age when we are looking for opportunities to create jobs, agriculture is doing it. Plus we enjoy spending the least amount of money on food of any country in the world. Might have something to do with agriculture.

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gopher68Jan. 2, 13 9:59 PM

OK, Walleyeguy, then you'd be OK with the Farm Bill only funding SNAP programs and cutting all other funding out of it? I'd be OK with that. SNAP payments are need-based payments for families who don't make enough money to buy food, not payments to profitable farms and agriculturally-based businesses. Somehow, I don't believe the delay on funding the SNAP payments is the portion of the farm bill that Colin is upset about not getting passed. Finally, show me the math the explains how much more I'd be spending on food if my tax dollars weren't being given to farmers.

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