A Nebraska Congressman holds out hope that negotiations on the Farm Bill could pave the way for a broader budget agreement.
But, hope can be a fleeting thing.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says he is concerned about the direction of negotiations on the Farm Bill or rather about its up and down nature.
Down, right now.
“So, if there is anything that is providing momentum, it’s the idea that the tightening of the belt that is going on in the Farm Bill could lend itself to outcomes for the budgetary committee, which are also necessary,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “But, right now, it’s just up and down and the mood is a little more pessimistic I’m sorry to report.”
Fortenberry says it is necessary for Congress to approve a new five-year Farm Bill, for a number of reasons.
Primarily, a long-term agreement, according to Fortenberry, stabilizes agricultural policy.
Its nutrition programs provide food for the poor through food stamps.
The Farm Bill negotiations could also provide budget savings that House-Senate budget negotiators desperately need to reach a broader budget agreement.
Fortenberry has also urge negotiators to retain conservation and land management measures included in the Senate version of the bill.
Fortenberry once served on the House Agriculture Committee. He now serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]