User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Lack Of Farm Bill Action Fuels SD House Race

August 3, 2012, 9:54 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Lack Of Farm Bill Action Fuels SD House Race
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Congress has left Washington D.C. for its August recess without passing a new Farm Bill.

The current bill expires at the end of September. The Senate has already passed its version and the House Agriculture Committee passed new legislation earlier this month. But the full House has failed to vote on the measure adding fuel to the fire in the South Dakota U.S. House race.

"Not only have they not passed it but they're not voting on it and now they're going to go home on a recess for four or five weeks," South Dakota Democratic U.S. House candidate Matt Varilek said.

Varilek is running against Congresswoman Kristi Noem in November and says Noem should be held accountable for the lack of action on the Farm Bill because of her position in House leadership.

"And it's the leadership team that's choosing not to bring this up for a vote, and so I think she bears some responsibility for the fact that the House is not making any progress on that," Varilek said.

Noem sits on the Agriculture Committee that passed one version of the legislation in July and she's joined 78 other House members in signing a letter to urge Speaker John Boehner to take up the bill.

"I've been able to gather a strong group of Republicans and Democrats to join me in pressuring leadership to bring this bill to the floor," Noem said.

Noem says she's also frustrated the House is not voting on the Farm Bill but adds that she'll continue fighting to make sure the legislation gets passed.

"I've been a vocal advocate for bringing the bill to the floor. In South Dakota we live and breathe agriculture and getting a Farm Bill done means certainty for thousands of farmers and ranchers in our state," Noem said.

But until Congress heads back to Washington D.C. in five weeks there will be uncertainty on if a new Farm Bill will be passed in time.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Obama: US Misjudged Iraqi Army, Militants' Threat

9/28/2014 4:08 PM

President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the a...

Full Story
Official Says Holder Resigning As Attorney General

9/25/2014 9:59 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years.

Full Story
James Traficant, Convicted Ex-Congressman, Dies

9/27/2014 2:51 PM

A former Ohio congressman who lost his political career after being convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks has died. James Traficant was 73.

Full Story
Secret Service Chief Resigns Amid Security Lapses

10/1/2014 2:39 PM

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House.

Full Story
Two Former U.S. Senators Discuss Partisanship

10/1/2014 10:41 AM

Former South Dakota U.S. Senator Tom Daschle (D) and former Mississippi U.S. Senator Trent Lott (R) will participate in a moderated discussion on how ...

Full Story


Events