Loebsack Says Congress Could Fail on Farm Bill and Gov’t Spending Extension
Second District Democrat Dave Loebsack says he and his Congressional colleagues may be unable to pass a Farm Bill or even pass legislation that would keep the government operating.
Loebsack faults the Republican leaders in the House, who decide when congress is in session, taking votes. Loebsack says the Farm Bill’s fate is being determined by a group of Republicans who do not favor spending more on government food and nutrition programs, like the so-called “food stamp” program.
This past week House Republican leaders had hoped to pass a bill that would keep the government operating past September 30th, which is the last day of the current federal fiscal year.
Loebsack made his comments Friday during an appearance on the “Iowa Press” program on Iowa Public Television. If Congress does not pass a spending bill by the end of this month, the federal government would partially shut down October 1st. Many Republicans say they won’t vote for a bill to fund government operations unless it “defunds” what they call “ObamaCare.” Still another financial fight looms for congress, as the nation’s debt limit must be raised this fall or the government could default on its loans.