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Peterson: Votes are there for farm bill

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Tuesday that his poll of House members last week showed that there were more than enough votes to pass the farm bill.

In a radio interview with Agritalk, Peterson said that last week he put together a team of 25 members, half Republicans and half Democrats, to determine how many members would vote for the bill that passed the House Agriculture Committee.

“I have 100 votes on my side, which [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor R-Va.] was saying we only had 20, so he’s way off,” Peterson said. “And the Republicans think they have 125, 130 votes on their side, so we have enough votes to pass this bill the way it came out of committee.”

Peterson said he hopes House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will bring up the farm bill in the lame duck session.

While Republicans have said the big issue has been how large a cut to make in food stamps, Peterson said that, while some Republicans do want a bigger cut there, others are opposed to the dairy title and sugar program in the bill. Peterson said he would oppose an extension of the farm bill even if impractical, antiquated laws go into effect after January 1, because it would reduce pressure to pass a new farm bill.

Farm provided a transcript of the radio interview. Link below