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Top House Ag Democrat Calls Super Committee a Dumb Idea

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 08:03:25 CDT

Top House Ag Democrat Calls Super Committee a Dumb Idea The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson of Minnestoa, denies he and House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas have been communicating during the August recess about the possible budget cuts to be demanded by the so called Super Committee. Peterson says he does not think the Republicans know what to do on budget cutting- so have done nothing to this point.

The former Chairman believes that the Super Committee is a "Dumb Idea" but unfortunately is the law- he does not believe the Super Committee will be able to come to a deal that everyone can live with which will result in sequestration- or across the board cuts on many programs within the Federal budget.

Peterson contends that only agriculture has already made deficit reduction- and so he is reluctant to offer any further cuts to the Super Commitee.

He also says it will not surprise him if the time frame for the writing of the 2012 farm bill is pushed up to the latter part of this year or very early in 2012, because of the budgetary moves that came out of the debt ceiling/deficit reduction battle in early August.

Peterson made these comments in an interview with Farm Broadcast colleague Don Wick of the Red River Radio Network. Click on the LISTEN BAR to hear their full visit on these issues.


Don Wick of the Red River Network talks with Collin Peterson- ranking member of the House Ag Committee.
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