Peterson lashes out against Ryan budget proposal

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Congressman Collin Peterson, D Minn., ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee, lashed out against the budget proposal put forward by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R Wis., saying the budget plan makes it very unlikely that a farm bill will pass this year. 

Peterson has "had it" with the partisan bickering on the budget committee, he told Mike Adams, host of AgriTalk. The Ryan budget proposal would cut $33 billion from ag spending.   

“I can’t see how we can make those kind of cuts...and do it in a way that I can end up supporting it," Peterson said. “They want to hold the military harmless from any budget cuts and I have a real problem with that.”

Peterson cites strong partisanship among budget committee members, on both sides, and says he is ready to sponsor a bill to get rid of the committee. “They’re not necessary, they are not helping anything; they are causing trouble. I’ve had it with that.”

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Craig A. Moore    
Billings, mt  |  March, 26, 2012 at 09:22 AM

We have truth in advertising laws, I think it is time for truth in politics. Are these real cuts he is speaking of or is it a reduction in future increases? How is not spending money that you haven't collected yet on future programs, ones that change all the time anyway, be called a cut?

OH  |  March, 26, 2012 at 09:33 AM

Agriculture is responsible for a large amount of US exports, yet the Republicans want to cut spending on agriculture. It just doesn't make sense.

Craig A. Moore    
Billings, MT  |  March, 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM

The largest export product we have is petroleum based. Democrats want to reduce benefits to the oil producers, go figure. Apparently it is whose ox that is getting gored is what matters.

PNW  |  March, 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I feel the same way Craig, congress and there crap ways of tallying up the numbers. I was going to say this just goes to show how the dairy industry needs to change the core pricing scheme to get a fair price instead of through the government. The government is broke, they will or should be cutting all hand outs to all industry even agriculture sad to say. Why cant our pricing system be as easy as just getting a percentage of what the retailers sell it for. We need to be involved from the time milk enters the liner to the time the jug is pulled off the shelf. Retailers seem to have lots of price choice that effects us when the price goes up consumers buy less and that hurts us the producer, its time we just get a cut of what they sell it for and scrap the CME manipulations.

Oklahoma  |  March, 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM

Just a kind word from one producer to another. Restructure your business a bit and pull out of the government program. Then it won't make any difference what they do or don't do. I did exactly what I'm recommending, and at first I survived, then I began to prosper and in seven years I was totally out of debt, and all the land was clear. My liberty was reborn. So far as I'm concerned the USDA should be eliminated, and all those Gov't experts allowed to find a real job and learn how the free market system actually works.

Ed & Emma    
MA  |  March, 27, 2012 at 05:59 AM

Tell us how you did it....

WI  |  March, 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I agree with Jim. These idiots we have in Washington just don't realize the government is broke yet and keep spending and spending money they do not have and might never have. It would be best if we all weaned ourselves off of all government programs period! This is not a farm bill it is a food assistance bill for all who are too lazy to work.

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