Peterson Has No Plans to Work on Farm Bill Without Commitment from Leadership

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson doesn't intend to markup a new farm bill until the House leadership guarantees farm policy legislation will be debated on the floor this year. Without that commitment - Peterson said Democrats won't work on a bill. House Ag Chair Frank Lucas has said he would also like a commitment from the leaders in both chambers that a farm bill will come to a vote this year. But he added that he doesn't see how a farm bill markup can take place at the same time as the next swarm is swirling over the debt ceiling and everything else. Peterson has suggested additional extensions of current law may be needed until the impasse with leadership is resolved.

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