House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway Vents Frustrations Over Farm Bill DetractionFri, 28 Sep 2018 14:17:51 CDT
Ahead of the September 30th farm bill deadline, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conawayís shared his frustration that he and his colleagues will be unable to get a bill done on time, underscoring his commitment to completing a farm bill that provides a strong safety net for farmers, ranchers and consumers before the end of the year.
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"I told a writer the other day that I probably played football too long but as long as there was time on the clock, the score didnít matter, you just go at it as hard as you can, for as long as you can. Once the clock goes to all zeros, which will be midnight on Sept. 30, then itís a new game.
"Folks are beginning to talk about extensions or whatever they want to. To me, that means theyíve given up and I hate giving up. I justóI donít like people who give up. Thatís just not what we do. Where we sit right now it is across almost all of the titles, there are legitimate policy differences of opinion across them. Itís not just SNAP, itís not just the farm bill, itís not just conservation, itís not titleóitís a variety of things that we have yet to come to grips with. Itís really frustrating because no one of them, who are actually all of them in combination, are worthy of us not getting this done. Itís just a matter of having the political will to make those hard choices.
"Producers donít need the additional anxiety or uncertainty of not knowing what the next 5 years looks like with respect to a farm bill. Theyíre living this five year drop in net farm income, 50 percent drop, the worst since the depression, no real prospects of the commodity prices getting any better, so getting the farm bill done is really important, but itís got to be important to everybody negotiating. Right now, I donít get the sense that getting something done has quite the sense of urgency with my Senate colleagues as it does with me.
"I need to make hay while the sun shines right now. Itís shining on us and getting this farm bill done ought to be about the policy, it ought to be about the people, it ought to be about who we can help, who we can assist in these really really hard times. And just know that, the House of Representative guys that are fighting this fight are in it to get this thing done because their recognition of just how tough times are right now in production agriculture."
Source - House Agriculture Committee
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