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Republicans want farm bill budget details

Agriculture.com Staff 07/17/2007 @ 11:21am

Republican members of the House Agriculture Committee are objecting to lack of details on how the next farm bill would be financed, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're pulling out of the farm bill writing process that is scheduled to start with opening speeches by committee members this afternoon.

The committee's ranking Republican member, Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, said in a statement Monday evening that all Republican members of the committee were unanimous in wanting to wait to draft the farm bill until they know where money for the bill will come from.

"In the short-term, we're being asked to support a bill that we've yet to see in final form without the final CBO scores," Goodlatte said. "In the long-term, we're being asked to take a bill to the floor that lacks sufficient funding to withstand a barrage of potentially devastating amendments. We continue to urge the Chairman to pull in the reins and proceed when the funding is made available."

That doesn't mean the GOP members of the committee won't participate in this week's votes on the farm bill, Goodlatte's spokeswoman, Alise Kowalski told Agriculture Online. "Our members definitely want to write a farm bill," she said.

But if the committee hasn't decided exactly how funds will be divided up on the farm bill, that leaves it vulnerable to changes that could threaten commodity programs with the bill goes from committee to a vote on the House floor, Kowalski said.

"We need to have this so that it doesn't explode on the floor," she said. If members of the House who want more spending for nutrition programs or specialty crops aren't satisfied with the committee's version of the farm bill, they may offer amendments to shift funding from other areas.

"More than likely, that's all going to come from the commodity program," she said.

Kowalski said that the Republicans on the committee are still hoping to hear the details on funding for each section of the farm bill before the committee votes on it this week.

Two Iowa members of the Agriculture committee took differing views of the issue of where funds would come from for farm programs.

"Over the last many months, the constant shifting of proposed language and cost numbers, getting a grasp on this farm bill language has been a lot like trying to catch a greased pig. That's not the way to govern transparently or in the best interests of food production for the entire world," said Representative Steve King, a Republican.

Democrat, Leonard Boswell, responded, "It is in the best interest to the farmers of America to complete action on the farm bill. This is not the time to play partisan politics."

Republican members of the House Agriculture Committee are objecting to lack of details on how the next farm bill would be financed, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're pulling out of the farm bill writing process that is scheduled to start with opening speeches by committee members this afternoon.

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