House Republicans have received most of the criticism for the House’s failure to pass a new farm bill.
But Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns doesn’t think the Republicans deserve all of the blame.
“It’s not lost on the Democrats—i.e. Nancy Pelosi, who leads the Democrats in the House—that the more heat they can put on the Republicans, the better it’s going to be for them,” Johanns says. “So I really suspect that Nancy Pelosi has said to her members, ‘stand down on this—let the Republicans take the heat until after the election’.”
Johanns is hopeful that that the spirit of compromise—at least when it comes to the farm bill—will return after the November elections.
“I’m going to guess that after the election, when all of the votes are counted, then people will start to say, ‘well, we’ve got to get a farm bill done—let’s start working on it’.”