Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) talks about what’s next on the Farm Bill, after a small part of it was passed as part of the fiscal cliff package, with the bulk of it unpassed.
Some analysts see a rougher time in 2013 with attempts to pass a farm bill. Senator Stabenow has been critical of the farm measures approved this past week as part of the fiscal legislation, measures worked out by Senators Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden.
She and Ranking Member Pat Roberts had worked together on a farm bill that passed the Senate in September but that was not passed in the House. The Agriculture Committee’s new ranking member, Sen. Thad Cochran, may want to change the bill, some analysts think.
Senator Stabenow also talks about her views of prospects on other Senate legislation & Senate operations such as the filibuster.
Our guest reporters this week are National Journal Contributing Editor Jerry Hagstrom and Roll Call Congressional Reporter Niels Lesniewski.