House Ag Ranking Member Votes Against Reconciliation Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012. The measure cuts 35.8-billion dollars from nutrition programs that fall under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committee. Ranking Member Collin Peterson voted against the bill. In order to have a serious conversation about getting the budget under control - Peterson says everything must be on the table. He says refusing to consider large budget items like defense while slashing nutrition programs that feed millions of hard-working families is not the way to balance the budget. Since the measure is not expected to go any further - Peterson believes the likely outcome is a more divided Congress. Continuing down this partisan path - he says - could make it far more difficult to pass a farm bill this year.
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