Sunday: Owens Frustrated By Farm Bill Stall
North country Congressman Bill Owens says he's 'very disappointed' with Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Owens is frustrated because no farm bill has been brought up for a vote in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives; not the bill that passed the House agriculture committee with support from Democrats (including Owens) and Republicans, and not atempts at producing other versions of a farm bill.
None of it got to square one, in part because some Republicans object to the farm bill as too generous when it comes to food stamps, the governmment program to assist poor families with food purchases, and some Democrats thought it cut too much from food stamps.
Also, there were regional effects of the farm bill that crossed party lines; some kinds of farming would fare better than others.
Ultimately though, Boehner has been very reluctant to move any farm bill for a vote.
"He said he (Boehner) will not, will not, put the farm bill on the floor, and would not even have included it in a fiscal cliff negotiated settlement," Owens said.
"So clearly, I'm very disappointed in the Speaker; he made representations they would do that, they walked away from those - this is very problematic."
The next step: without some sort of deal, the price of a gallon of milk could double, more or less.
(For a detailed explanation of why, see this article from the New York Times.)
Saturday, December 20, 2014, Watertown, NY
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