By Kyle Sharp
When the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, commonly referred to as the Super Committee, was formed this summer and charged with developing a plan by Thanksgiving to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit over the next 10 years, they asked all the Congressional committees to submit proposed savings packages. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees were the only combined committee to complete that request, submitting a complete farm bill package toward the end of the week of Nov. 14.
That effort was all for not, as the Super Committee members announced Nov. 21 that a compromise would not be reached. Ohio’s sole member of the Super Committee, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), said he was “deeply frustrated” by the outcome and believes “both sides will regret this lost opportunity.”
“We failed to reach agreement because, despite good intentions on both sides, we simply couldn’t bridge fundamental policy differences that reflect a broader disagreement in the Congress and country as a whole over the size and scope of government,“ Portman said.… Continue readingRead More »