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July 28, 2014

Boehner Tells Senate to ‘Get Serious’ About Farm Bill, Budget Talks

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Boehner expressed frustration Tuesday about progress on both a farm bill and a budget conference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If Speaker John A. Boehner’s comments are any signal, talks between the House and Senate to craft a farm bill and budget are in trouble with less than two weeks left in the legislative session.

“We can’t defend the Democrats to the point of saying ‘yes,’” Boehner said Tuesday morning.

“It is time for the other chamber to get serious about getting this work done,” the Ohio Republican added.

Boehner argued that House Agriculture Chairman Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., had made “nothing but a good-faith effort” to reach consensus with Senate Democrats in a farm bill conference. And yet, with less than two legislative weeks left in this year’s session, a farm bill agreement doesn’t appear near.

“We have the same problem when it comes to the budget conference,” he said.

Boehner said that House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., had done “a very good job of outlining very serious offers, but we can’t get Senate Democrats to say ‘yes.’”

Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and other Senate Democrats have made it clear throughout the budget conference that entirely replacing the sequester with entitlement cuts is not palatable to them, just as House Republicans have made it clear that replacing the sequester with tax increases is not palatable to them.

Instead, budget negotiators look to be focusing on a limited deal that would offset, for now, about two years of the sequester with a combination of spending cuts in mandatory programs, user fees and other non-tax revenue.

But with limited time left and plenty of issues yet to be worked out, a final budget — like a final farm bill that could reconcile the roughly $36 billion difference in cuts to food stamps between the two chambers — will be difficult to reach.

  • dmacid

    Just like everything else that doesn’t get done. Stopped in the Senate by Reid and the rest of his power hungry thugs. Reid controls what gets done or not in the Senate. I can’t believe the people in NV like his control freak commie tactics.

    • Jesse4

      Presenting a far-right wish list that he knows will go nowhere isn’t getting things done. That’s just a particularly lame excuse for weak-minded people such as yourself that will actually believe it.

    • ivan

      I have to assume then that you think the speaker of the house is right..wonder if you also think the rights of women are also something that republicans can change to exactly what they want it to be. Granted neither party has done much and it does not look like anything will get better. The major problem I have is the idea of one party, the republicans, meeting while a president is being given the oath of office to decide that they will do anything to stop anything he does is wrong . Either these politicians can work together or they need to go, and McConnell should be the first.

    • Ryan

      Stopped in the Senate by Reid. “Harry Reid’s shutdown” a few months ago. Harry Reid is responsible for nothing getting done. That’s the mantra now.

      How many times has Senate business been refused for consideration in the House? How many Cabinet appointees, which don’t even NEED House approval, been held up from getting to do their jobs because a minority of Senators elected to filibuster? How many times have bills with majority House approval not been brought to the floor because of pressure put on the Speaker and this silly Hastert Rule?

      And you honestly think that Harry Reid is the one being unreasonable?

  • Beeker

    Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and other Senate
    Democrats have made it clear throughout the budget conference that
    entirely replacing the sequester with entitlement cuts is not palatable
    to them, just as House Republicans have made it clear that replacing the
    sequester with tax increases is not palatable to them.

    It proves why things don’t get done because both sides don’t want anything to get done until after the election to prove a point.

    Boehner’s complaint that the Senate is not passing the farm bill that passed the House containing the split of the food stamp with deep cuts from the rest of the farm bill courtesy of Majority Whip Cantor is not exactly working on a bi-partisan basis.

    • dmacid

      Which election. The Senate has been doing this for 5 yrs. And several times when something was sent to the Senate Obutthead said he didn’t care if it got to his desk he’d veto it. So a bill would get reworked until you didn’t recognize it. All spoiled rotten kids. Wish they’d ALL take their toys and go home and let new people try to keep us out of a dictatorship. People with real guts. Be they not, yes people, or roll over on their back, tuck their tail cowards

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Despite Hussein Obama’s vicious threats, he hasn’t been able to panic financial markets. Here’s why: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics-live/liveblog/live-updates-the-shutdown-4/?hpid=z2#c1e3ada3-dc00-41d8-92cb-327c5c814d82

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Although participation in democratic processes is often confused with liberty, it is not true that those too young to vote lack liberty.

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