Posted: Monday, 17 September 2012 11:45AM
Walz--Farm Bill Delay
First District Congressman Walz released a statement after House GOP leadership announced that they would cancel the October work session and send Congress home for a seven-week recess after a three day session this week.
Currently, leadership has no plans to allow a vote on the bipartisan five-year Farm Bill next week. Walz said he is absolutely appalled that House leadership would send us home without getting our chores done and voting on a five-year Farm Bill.
Walz says he bipartisan five-year Farm Bill is ready to go. The bill passed out of the House Agriculture Committee with a strong bipartisan vote in late July and saves $35 billion. But even with strong bipartisan support, House leadership stonewalled and has refused to allow a vote on the five-year bill by the full chamber. The current Farm Bill, passed in 2008, expires at the end of this month.
With House leadership canceling the October work session, Congress will have worked a total of eight days from August 4 - November 13. By not scheduling a vote on the five-year Farm Bill, House leadership is certainly living up to their reputation as a "Do Nothing" Congress, Walz says.