MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson says he's pleased his colleagues were able to put aside partisanship and assemble a five-year farm bill that's expected to get a vote on the House floor Wednesday.
The Minnesota Democrat is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee and was a key player in negotiating the compromise completed Monday in a House-Senate conference committee. Peterson had backed dairy production controls that were jettisoned from the final bill to get the support of House Speaker John Boehner.
Peterson says that while it's no secret he doesn't support some of the final bill's provisions, his reservations are outweighed by the need to provide long term certainty for agriculture and nutrition programs. He says he hopes the president quickly signs the bill into law.