In remarks about the reopening of the federal government Thursday, President Barack Obama mentioned some other national priorities caught in the morass of a dysfunctional, hyper-partisan Congress. Among them was getting the Farm Bill done:
“We should pass a farm bill, one that American farmers and ranchers can depend on; one that protects vulnerable children and adults in times of need; one that gives rural communities opportunities to grow and the long-term certainty that they deserve.
“Again, the Senate has already passed a solid bipartisan bill. It’s got support from Democrats and Republicans. It’s sitting in the House waiting for passage. If House Republicans have ideas that they think would improve the farm bill, let’s see them. Let’s negotiate. What are we waiting for? Let’s get this done.”