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Senator Dorgan Sums Up the Progress

Senator Dorgan speaking of the lack of progress in the Senate, "If family farmers farmed like legislators legislate, there would be no food."

And then Senator Dorgan a few minutes later, "You could compare the United States Senate to a glacier, but the difference is that a glacier actually moves from time to time."

 

Still No Real Farm Bill Debate

Earlier today it looked like Democratic and Republican leadership were close to an agreement on amendments that would allow debate on the farm bill to go forward. Just now though, Senator Harkin returned to the Senate floor and said that there is still no agreement.

Senator Harkin must have mentioned the possibility of an extension of the current farm bill ten times in as many minutes. Both Senator Harkin and Senator Reid noted on the floor today that if real debate does not begin this week, the farm bill is unlikely to be completed before the Senate adjourns for the year.

And the Washington Times Gets it Wrong

It's not often we feel compelled to point out flaws in news coverage of the farm bill. But today the Washington Times is reporting a general talking point repeatedly coming from the anti-payment limits crowd, so we'll briefly address it. Here's the Times:

Peterson Gets it Right, Kind of

Well, we’re STILL waiting on the Senate to get its act together and start working on the Farm Bill. But in the meantime, some other items are worth paying attention to.

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson (D-MN) put out an opinion piece pointing out that USDA already has the authority to do some of the things that reformers are pushing for in the farm bill- but it refuses to exercise that power:

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