The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 14, 2013

Stop gridlock on farm bill

Why it matters: Both parties agree on direct payments, need compromise on food stamps and let's move on


U.S. Rep Collin Peterson, D-Seventh District, agrees cuts will be made but said he can’t see it being more than $8 billion. Well, there’s your room for compromise but not if lawmakers play shell games as one lawmaker said by only agreeing to eliminating fraud and abuse but not cutting benefits.

If fraud and abuse were that easy to cut, it should have been done long ago by the oversight committee of either party. What is realistic now is slowly trimming back the ever-growing food stamp program especially in light of an improving economy, pocketing the savings from the shift in direct payments and basking in the knowledge that Congress can compromise when it wants to.

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