Klobuchar hoping farm bill to pass by the end of the year
October 18, 2013 — 7:59pm
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is hoping Congress can pass the long-delayed Farm Bill by the end of this year.
"We would like to get this done and get this done fast," said Klobuchar, one of three Minnesota Democrats appointed to the Farm Bill conference committees. The committee, which must hammer out a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the bill, also includes Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson and Tim Walz.
If Congress can't reach a compromise before the end of the year, American farm policy will default to 1949 levels -- a prospect that brought representatives of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Farmers Union, Pheasants Forever to join Klobuchar at the Second Harvest food bank in Golden Valley on Friday morning.
The fact that a conference committee has been appointed, after months of gridlock and a government shutdown means: "We now have some good news for the first time in a long while," Klobuchar said.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota will support a Senate bill that requires food sold in the U.S. to carry labels disclosing genetically modified ingredients if it reaches the House for a vote. Peterson, a Democrat who is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, reached that decision after studying a new Senate proposal. If passed by both chambers and signed into law, it would become the nation's first mandatory on-package labeling law for genetically modified organisms - known as GMOs. Peterson voted for a House bill that outlawed mandatory on-package designation of genetically engineered ingredients. But he said that the need for a national labeling policy in lieu of state laws like one that takes effect in Vermont July 1 was more important than deadlocking over on-package GMO labels.
The nation's food and farm industries are mounting a furious, last-ditch push against mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, with dozens of Minnesota businesses backing the effort as part of a national coalition.