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Peterson Takes to Airwaves to Spin Key Farm Bill Issues

Peterson takes to the airwaves to spin key farm bill issues. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) was a guest on Friday’s AgriTalk radio program, where the discussion focused on the farm bill. Peterson, ranking member on the House Ag Committee, said, ““We’ve done all the staff work. What needs to be done now is the tradeoffs that can only be made between members. But I’ve got to call Frank Lucas right after the show here, but I’m pretty sure he and I are going to go back to Washington Monday night, even though we’re not in session. And from what I can tell, people are in the mode now to get the four of us to get to work and potentially settle most of these issues by the end of the week.” Noting that Congress needs to get the farm bill “wrapped up before Thanksgiving,” Peterson also stated that, “It won’t be [part of a bigger budget deal]. We were at the White House (Thursday) and they assured us that they have no interest in that. We have no interest in that.” Peterson said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “wants to get this done. I’m not sure where (House Majority Leader Eric( Cantor’s (R-Va.) at, but Boehner wants this off his plate. The president wants this done, we want it done. As long as somebody doesn’t come in and put down some kind of demands that make it a poison pill in one body or the other, I think we can get there. But it’s going to take, you know, some judgment to try to figure out where that sweet spot is.”

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