Representative Blames House Leadership

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn) recently reignited an election season debate by blaming the leadership of the House of Representatives for delaying the farm bill.

For the past several months, the 2012 Farm Bill has been stuck. While the Senate and the House Agriculture Committee each passed a version of the bill, neither proposal was acted on by Speaker of the House John Boehner. While Boehner claimed he did not have the votes, other representatives believe that the GOP leadership wanted to avoid alienating fiscal conservatives going into the election.

With the election over and Congress returning to Washington, few expected the level of vitriol in Courtney’s recent address to the floor.

“The House leadership has refused to bring a farm bill to the floor despite the fact that the House Agriculture Committee, which I sit on, actually passed a bipartisan measure. So it was teed up and ready for action here on the House floor, and yet we have gone 5 months since the Senate acted. We had 7 weeks of recess prior to this past Tuesday. We have American farmers who are sitting out there trying to figure out what on Earth is going to be the future in terms of their production and their businesses”, Courtney explained in a angry speech given earlier this week.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer