The "Reform" That Wasn't

Late Thursday night, the House Agriculture Committee unanimously passed a farm bill that can only be described as astoundingly unresponsive to widespread calls for reform. That bill may be considered by the full House as soon as this week. Now that the farm bill is out of committee, Nancy Pelosi is the most important player in the process. Now Speaker Pelosi and the House Rules Committee have to choose - and that choice will say much about how they intend to govern.

Slow This Train Down!

Yesterday, during the third and final day of House Agriculture Committee debate on the 2007 Farm Bill, Committee Chairman Collin Peterson announced that the bill may come before the full House earlier than anticipated - as soon as next week.

It's no wonder Chairman Peterson wants to move the bill to the House floor as quickly as possible. He's gotten nearly everything he wanted in the bill, and is eager to push it through the floor as quickly as possible.

Too Much and Not Enough

Everyone knows about late night TV host David Letterman, but who knew he was a rancher on the side? Well he isn’t, but he received over $8000 in federal farm payments this past year for his Montana ranchland.

This Is NOT Reform

Since House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson unveiled his latest version of the 2007 farm bill a little over a week ago, speculation has swirled that Peterson would propose additional farm program payment limitation reform. The general consensus was that Peterson’s proposal for farm programs, an extension of current programs with minor tweaks, would face insurmountable political opposition on the floor of the House, so he would have to include more substantial changes during the full Agriculture Committee consideration of the 2007 farm bill th


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