Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson thinks the Republicans could regain the majority in the House in the next election. “The big challenge, politically, no matter who controls Congress, is trying to keep these lawmakers from fighting with each other. They seem to do this over everything that comes up.” Former Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts is worried when the pendulum will swing in Congress. “The key in the Senate is to keep a 60 vote margin. We’ve always had a bipartisan approach in the agriculture committee and I hope we can somehow rescue that. Right now, it might as well be World War I in the trenches with mustard gas.” The House’s version of the Build Back Better plan could add $90 billion to the baseline of the farm bill via conservation. If it is added to the farm bill, Peterson says it could cause a lot of problems, because that money will eventually expire.
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