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Topic - Collin C. Peterson
Though negotiators say they are getting close on a farm bill deal, the two parties still have their differences on how to handle a short-term extension.
The House rejected the massive farm bill Thursday after conservative Republicans banded with Democrats, dealing a major defeat to House Speaker John A. Boehner and the GOP leadership and raising questions about the chamber's ability to pass any ambitious legislation this year.
A Minnesota college student is refusing to apologize for the video she took of her local Democratic congressman labeling members of his state's largest pro-life group as "extremists."
Promoting farm subsidies was once a no-brainer for rural members of Congress seeking re-election. This year, it's a bit trickier.
Fifteen years ago, the budget deficit stood at $107 billion, government debt totaled about $5 trillion and a balanced-budget constitutional amendment came within one senator's vote of passing Congress, buoyed by the likes of then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden, who made an impassioned plea on the floor for its adoption.
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Waiting until Thursday would not give lawmakers enough time to vote on the bill before leaving town on Friday, but Mr. Peterson said the bill that covers farm subsidies and food stamps could wait until early January without any adverse effects.
Rep. Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota Democrat, told reporters Tuesday that a short-term extension on the farm bill is not necessary and that Rep. Frank D. Lucas, Oklahoma Republican, would wait until Thursday to introduce an extension.