Thune hoping for Farm Bill vote in coming weeks

From Denise Ross at the Mitchell Daily Republic, US Senator John Thune is hoping for a chance to vote on the Farm Bill in the coming weeks:

“I would really like to see the conference committee wrap this up this week and put it on the floor of the House and Senate next week. We’ll see if that’s an attainable timeline,” Thune said.

Thune said he’s not too optimistic that his wish will come true, as the conference committee still is working out differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation.


As he understands it, the conference committee has agreed on what Thune called high target prices. He would favor a more market-based system.

“That is a real missed opportunity,” Thune said. “It relies on high fixed target prices set in statute by Congress. That’s very far afield from the mark-oriented reforms I had hoped would be included. We need to be looking at the future of agriculture, not the past. This takes us back to the farm policy we saw back in the 1980s. It’s an antiquated framework.”

Read it all here.

4 Replies to “Thune hoping for Farm Bill vote in coming weeks”

  1. Old Guard

    Thune is a powerful DC player. Why can’t he just walk across the building and persuade Cantor? Surely Cantor has the utmost in respect for Thune. C’mon, John. Use your power!

  2. Wayne Gilbert

    He’s not sure he’s going to vote for it even though it has provisions he helped craft?!?

  3. gap

    If their was a photo op he would be there, remember when he said he could do more for South Dakota,were still waiting about like health care for veterans.

  4. Anonymous

    “there is bound to be a certain amount of trouble running any country/organization.

    if you are president the trouble happens to you but
    if you are a tyrant you can arrange things
    so that most of the trouble happens to other people”

    Archie and Mehitabel
    Don Marquis