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Recent posts by Brian Depew

Senator Reid Speaks

Majority Leader Reid is speaking about the Farm Bill. I am paraphrasing....

I am disappointed.... We basically wasted a whole week bickering about procedure. It appears to me that no great efforts are being made to reach an agreement on amendments. I would encourage those constituencies that want a farm bill to contact their Senators and urge them to work for an agreement that will allow debate to go forward. Otherwise, maybe we won't have a farm bill.

Toys from China

Well. I stepped out to get some lunch. When I left they were still on farm bill debate and Senator Allard (R-CO) was railing about some tax provisions. When I got back Senator Brown (D-OH) was talking about the safety of toys made in China. So, I am going to make the assumption that they are no longer debating the farm bill.

What? Are they debating the Farm Bill?

I missed the start of it, so I'm not certain exactly what they are doing, but Senator Roberts (R-KS) is talking about the Farm Bill on the Senate floor. And let me tell you, this is going to be a whole lot of fun.

Paraphrasing Senator Roberts:

Some people talk about targeting farm payments towards family farmers, but I don't know what they mean by a family farmer. I worry that maybe they mean someone who is 5' 3" from the Northeast.... Well, I'll tell you what. Where I come from, I've got some real farmers, and they are 6' 3".

Farm Bill, You're always a day away

There was no debate on the Senate floor on the Farm Bill today. Now we're hearing that debate could start late Thursday, or maybe not till Friday. About the only thing we are certain of is that whenever debate does start, the Dorgan-Grassley amendment to limit farm subsidy payments will be the first item of discussion. Debate on that amendment could last the better part of a day, but we don't expect it to last any longer than that.

On Making History and Seeing Clearly

I have three things from today's floor debate bouncing around in my head.

First, in his opening remarks much earlier today, Senator Salazar (D-CO) sung the praises of the Senate farm bill. As part of his speech praising this status quo bill, the good Senator actually said that he believed that the senate bill was "one of the most historic bills to ever come before this body."