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Recent posts by Brian Depew

What? Are they debating the Farm Bill?

I missed the start of it, so I'm not certain exactly what they are doing, but Senator Roberts (R-KS) is talking about the Farm Bill on the Senate floor. And let me tell you, this is going to be a whole lot of fun.

Paraphrasing Senator Roberts:

Some people talk about targeting farm payments towards family farmers, but I don't know what they mean by a family farmer. I worry that maybe they mean someone who is 5' 3" from the Northeast.... Well, I'll tell you what. Where I come from, I've got some real farmers, and they are 6' 3".

Farm Bill, You're always a day away

There was no debate on the Senate floor on the Farm Bill today. Now we're hearing that debate could start late Thursday, or maybe not till Friday. About the only thing we are certain of is that whenever debate does start, the Dorgan-Grassley amendment to limit farm subsidy payments will be the first item of discussion. Debate on that amendment could last the better part of a day, but we don't expect it to last any longer than that.

On Making History and Seeing Clearly

I have three things from today's floor debate bouncing around in my head.

First, in his opening remarks much earlier today, Senator Salazar (D-CO) sung the praises of the Senate farm bill. As part of his speech praising this status quo bill, the good Senator actually said that he believed that the senate bill was "one of the most historic bills to ever come before this body."

Act for Farm Bill Reform on the Senate Floor

We expect the full Senate to take up the farm bill early next week. When they do, all 100 Senators will vote on the central issue of farm bill reform -- ending unlimited farm subsidies payments. The entire farm bill debate is in its final stages, and we expect the vote for REAL reform to be close.

Like the widely denounced House bill, the bill being sent to the Senate floor by the Senate Agriculture Committee includes phony reform that continues multi-million dollar payments to the nation's largest farms.