As Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts, and he’ll tell you farm groups turned the tide in the election-year Republican fight with House Democrats to restore $30 billion in key Farm Bill and virus funding in the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Kansas Republican after Democrats relented in a deal that gave them more for school nutrition programs said:

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“Forty-seven different farm organizations and commodity groups, they speak, I think, for every farmer, rancher and grower in the country…so, thanks to the 47.”

Roberts said it was understandable that farmers were upset, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as he put it, made a bargaining chip out of critical farm and conservation payments, and Ag virus relief.

“United, they said, what on earth is going on?  How did this proposal get loose?," Roberts said. "In other words, keeping us out of the continuing resolution, given the problems we’re having, what on earth is going on?”

The Continuing Resolution will fully fund the government, including farm bill programs through December 11th.

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