That’s how South Dakota Senator John Thune describes the Build Back Better Act. The Congressional Budget Office scored the cost of the proposal this past week. “It’s a $5 trillion bill and it wasn’t ready for prime time.” Thune said Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans weren’t consulted when $27 billion for conservation was added to the Build Back Better Act for agriculture. This money would add to the baseline of the new farm bill. “The farm bill is usually done in a bipartisan way and that wasn’t the case. I’ve been very involved in all of the titles of last few farm bills. I’m a big believer of conservation, but it needs to be done in a fiscally responsible way.” Thune tells the Red River Farm Network farm bill discussions should start right away for the agriculture committee in 2022.
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