- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Congressman Tim Walz is urging his colleagues to support the five-year farm bill that’s headed for a floor vote in the House on Wednesday.

The Minnesota Democrat sits on the conference committee that approved the compromise package Monday.

Walz says in a statement that nobody got everything they wanted, and there are things in the bill he doesn’t like. But he says the bill saves taxpayers about $23 billion, helps new farmers, protects habitat, gives consumers certainty at the grocery store, and gives producers the certainty they need to make long-term planning decisions.

The outcome of the House vote isn’t certain. Farm-state lawmakers have been working for more than two years to strike the right balance to get the bill passed at a time when congressional compromise has been rare.

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