A Downstate Republican Congressman blames what he calls â€śpetty political politicsâ€ť for the failure Thursday of the House Farm Bill.
â€śI see opportunity to come back, make it better, and get this piece of legislation passed,â€ť said U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville). â€śFrankly, I think a short-term bill, and another extension, is just not politically feasible, nor should it be. We need to actually have Republicans and Democrats working together to put … our food and nutrition programs and our agricultural programs in a true, long-term Farm Bill.
â€śWe did away with direct payments,â€ť said Davis, â€śand the farmers were okay with that, because we strengthened crop insurance. We strengthened risk management tools.â€ť
Davis is not the only one who sounds incredulous. â€śLast year, (the House) couldn’t even call a Farm Bill on the floor,â€ť said U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill). â€śThey finally produced a House Republican Farm Bill, and it failed, even with a House Republican majority.â€ť