While the Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is optimistic that the Senate will pass the 2012 Farm Bill, there’s always the chance of the legislation being derailed. And Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, a member of the Senate Ag Committee says there are several things that have the potential of doing just that.
“I think what can always derail a Farm Bill and that’s regional differences,” said Brown. “The other obstacle, there are people here that simply don’t want to see President Obama succeed and that means raising the spectacle or partisanship again and last there are 200 amendments, some that have nothing to do with agriculture and unrelated to anything that’s on the floor and those amendments can bog things done and cause the whole thing to implode, I’m hopeful it won’t.”
Senator Brown says it’s important for the agricultural community to continue to express the need to get this Farm Bill passed, before the current bill expires in September.