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Recent posts by Brian Depew

11:00 PM Eastern

I was out for a few hours at a meeting -- a meeting that had nothing to do with the farm bill. It was quite refreshing, actually.

I walked back into my office where I had left my video stream of the Senate running, and it was still running. Your distinguished Senators are hard at work, late at night debating the Mukasey nomination. It looks like there are a lot of Senators there, so maybe they are actually going to vote yet tonight.

The farm bill? Maybe they'll get to that sometime after midnight. Me? I'll be asleep.

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.