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Former Congressman Jim Nussle Believes Upcoming Debt Ceiling Vote a Huge Political Test for Lawmakers in the Spring.

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:30:17 CST

Former Congressman Jim Nussle Believes Upcoming Debt Ceiling Vote a Huge Political Test for Lawmakers in the Spring. Former Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle says the fiscal picture for our country and our government is dire- and will force hard decisions to be made in the next couple of years. Nussle told the Case IH Business Meeting at AgConnect 2011 that the upcoming vote on the debt ceiling in March or April will be huge political theatre as new members of Congress balk at doing things the ways we have always done them before.

The pressure will extend over to the next farm bill debate- saying he thinks that doing farm policy by tweaking the previous farm bill is no longer an option. He says that both Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas as well as Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will have to get creative in writting the farm bill- mostly because of the lack of money in this cycle compared to either 2008 or 2002.

After his presentation at the Case IH meeting that looked at some of the "big picure" issues facing agriculture today, we spent a few minutes at AgConnect as it was opening up on Friday to talk with former Congressman Nussle about the political gamesmanship that will impact farmers and ranchers in the next several years.

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Ron Hays talks with Jim Nussle about policy issues in light of the GOP seizing control of the US House.
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