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Peterson opposes farm bill extension

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said today he will oppose any effort to extend the existing farm bill.

“I remain opposed to an extension of any kind for any time,” Peterson said in a news release in which he urged the Republican House leadership to bring up the farm bill next week.

“The election is over, so it’s time to get to work," Peterson said.

“I’m optimistic that, if given the chance, we have the votes to pass a five-year farm bill,” he said. “There is no good reason not to vote on the bill when we return next week, before Thanksgiving. This will give us the time we need to work out our differences with the Senate and get a new five-year farm bill signed into law by the end of the year.”