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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
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."
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.
"This bill has been needed for a long time," House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota Democrat said in a statement ahead of committee action on Wednesday.
That decision likely will cost the support of some Republicans, but Mr. Peterson said increasing the threshold would have been a step backward for the bipartisan coalition.