2014 Elections - Voter frustration with Washington’s lack of political leadership, civility and productivity was evident in the November 4 mid-term elections. What does the shift to a Republican majority in both Houses mean for the next two years? First, Republicans need to show they can pass important legislation.
This means each of the appropriations bills must be considered and completed individually — a practice that has not happened in many years. This process will, unfortunately, provide opportunities to attack farm bill provisions during consideration of the Agricultural Appropriations bill, so we will need to work very hard to protect the sugar provisions, crop insurance and other important elements in the farm bill.
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Luther Markwart, author of Dateline Washington, is executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association.