An Illinois Republican congressman blames what he calls “petty political politics” for the failure Thursday of the House Farm Bill.
“I see opportunity to come back, make it better, and get this piece of legislation passed,” says U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville). “Frankly, I think a short-term bill, and another extension, is just not politically feasible, nor should it be. We need to actually have Republicans and Democrats working together to put ... our food and nutrition programs and our agricultural programs in a true, long-term Farm Bill.
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“We did away with direct payments,” says Davis, “and the farmers were OK with that, because we strengthened crop insurance. We strengthened risk management tools.”
Davis is not the only one who sounds incredulous. “Last year, (the House) couldn't even call a Farm Bill on the floor,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill). “They finally produced a House Republican Farm Bill, and it failed, even with a House Republican majority.”