Political expert has concerns about finishing farm bill on time

A political analyst and elections expert says creating the next farm bill might have an unseen obstacle. 

David Wasserman with The Cook Report says, “There’s no doubt that the House is going to be the bottleneck for the 2023 Farm Bill.” Wasserman tells Brownfield House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s agreed to put three Freedom Caucus members on the House Rules Committee, which means four Democrats and nine Republicans. “But if you have three Freedom Caucus members that are blocking something, it’s possible that one Democrat could come over and vote with more mainstream Republicans to set rules for debates and amendments that allow a farm bill to get done.”

Wasserman says it’s unknown which three Freedom Caucus members will be on the Rules Committee, so predicting when the farm bill will be done is difficult. “I’m not sure it will get done on time. I have a suspicion it’s going to be a more drawn-out process than we saw in the last go-around, but I do suspect that we will see a new farm bill hammered out in this Congress.”

Wasserman spoke to Brownfield during the 2023 Dairy Strong conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

David Wasserman discusses obstacles for the farm bill, elections, and other topics with Brownfield’s Larry Lee at the 2023 Dairy Strong Conference

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