If you have been near U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the past few months, you may have heard him complain about the lack of a new farm bill. He’s blaming House Republicans, who won’t bring it up for a vote. U. S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) says there’s a reason for that: it can’t pass.
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“Liberal Democrats from the city and suburbs … don’t like our reforms in the food and nutrition portion,” says Shimkus, “and some conservative Republicans … think the government shouldn’t be involved in agriculture policy.” Shimkus says with the election coming up, the thing that could actually get done with a farm bill is to pass a three-month extension and postpone the heavy lifting.