House Republican leaders have outlined the floor schedule for the week (week of July 23rd) and the farm bill is not on it. Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson notes that leaves just four legislative days to consider the bill before Congress adjourns for the August recess. He said Friday that there is no excuse not to bring the farm bill to the floor – adding that there’s no good reason to put one of the nation’s economic bright spots – the rural economy – at risk. According to Peterson – the last two weeks were wasted on political messaging bills that are going nowhere. He says the House Republican leadership would bring the farm bill to the floor if they were serious about creating jobs and growing the economy. Peterson says the bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee is a strong, bipartisan bill. He stressed the importance of continuing to move forward so differences with the Senate measure can be resolved and a final bill delivered to the President before the current bill expires on September 30th. While Peterson is still hopeful that can be accomplished – he said time is running out.
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