Congress Seeks Deals on Farm Bill, Budget
Congress is racing to hammer out deals on a farm bill and a new budget before its Christmas recess, and one Indiana congressman suggests solving one could help solve the other.
After a year of congressional stalemate, Third District Republican Marlin Stutzman puts the chances of a budget deal at 50-50. He says a deal on a farm bill could boost those odds. He notes both the House and Senate farm bills contain spending cuts which could help budget negotiators reach savings targets.
But Stutzman cautions that even if House and Senate budget negotiators agree on a spending plan, the challenge will be getting it through both the Republican House and Democratic Senate.
Stutzman was at the forefront of a House push this summer to separate food stamps from the rest of the farm bill.