There’s no chance of beginning before the current farm law — a one-year extension of the five-year program that already expired in 2012 — runs out Monday. And while the Senate has already appointed its conferees, it must repeat that process now — exposing Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to more delays.
So-called “preconference” talks among House and Senate staff are underway on some titles of the bill such as conservation, rural development and research. But the differences are so great on the pivotal commodity and nutrition sections that it will take getting the members together in one room to hammer out a real framework.
Impatient with the pace, Lucas is reaching out to Stabenow. But given the repeated House holdups, the Oklahoma Republican has had to battle a level of skepticism in the Senate over where the House is going on a farm bill.Noem and the House GOP love to blame the Senate for not getting things done, but here is the reality: the Senate has passed a bipartisan Farm Bill and Kristi and the House has not passed a bipartisan. The Senate has passed a budget bill that the President is willing to sign, the House is still playing games.
I think that the problem Noem and friends are having is that they think that they are being culture warriors, but they are falling short when it comes to being wise leaders. Explaining why she supports massive cuts to hurt children, seniors, and those in need, Noem said
Noem agreed, saying that talking about policies and not just dollars “shows that you really care about adding integrity into the program.”
Still, she said, making cuts to the program is a “huge culture change” not only for Democrats but also for some Republicans who have a lot of food stamp recipients in their districts.
“That’s all a big pill to swallow for some of them,” she said.The problem Kristi is that you are asking people that are least able to swallow that "big pill" while you give the good stuff to increased insurance protections for and other benefits that other Republican's have compared to a boondoggle and soviet-style protections. As Mr. Kallis points out that if you want to play doctor and prescribe pills for people to take you should remember "The first rule of legislating should be do no harm. Your food stamps vote likely violated that principle." If you want people to swallow a big pill, maybe you should be the first to step up and talk to your party about doing things that needs to be done and to stop trying to score Tea Party points.