Minnesota Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is taking heat from within his party over the House farm bill. Peterson is the ranking Democrat on the House agriculture committee, which approved a bill that makes deep cuts to the federal food stamp program. Peterson says the cuts can be removed in conference committee, but the criticism has raised doubts about whether the bill will pass the House.
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Peterson rolls out House version of farm bill; cuts are deeper than Senate's
Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. He joined his Republican counterpart in introducing a bill Peterson says has bipartisan support. Nearly half of its $35 billion in spending cuts would come from the federal food stamp program.
Peterson: No excuse for House failure to vote on farm bill
A five-week Congressional recess is approaching and the chances of a House vote on the farm bill before then are diminishing. Minnesota's Collin Peterson, the lead Democrat on the Ag Committee, complains that House leaders have wasted the last two weeks on bills that are going nowhere. USA Today reports members are wary of taking a controversial vote so close to the election.
Senate passes farm bill; Peterson optimistic House will, too
Both of Minnesota's Senators backed the new farm bill and praised it for cutting costs while still providing farmers a safety net. The Senate approval puts more pressure on the House to pass something before the current farm bill expires at the end of September.
Democrats Peterson and Walz vote for GOP student loan interest rate plan
Minnesota Congressmen Collin Peterson and Tim Walz voted in favor of the $5.9 bill that would prevent the interest rate on federally-subsidized student loans from doubling this summer by cutting funds from part of President Obama's health care law. It now heads to the Democratic-controlled Senate where the plan is dead on arrival. Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline says the legislation isn't perfect, "but it will allow us an opportunity to continue working toward a long term solution."
Farmers may lose federal subsidies in favor of beefed up insurance
Lawmakers are looking to cut costs in the new farm bill. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson says much of the savings will come from replacing direct subsidies with an insurance program. The crop insurance will subsidize farm income if commodity prices fall below certain levels.
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