Minnesota commodity groups, local farmers and anti-hunger advocates brought a wide-ranging set of policy requests to the ears of Reps. Angie Craig, D-Minn., and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. at a House Ag Committee listening session on Monday.
Democrats went into the 2020 election cycle determined not to repeat Hillary Clinton’s disastrous showing four years earlier, but their increased turnout was overwhelmed by President Donald Trump's, helping Republicans down ballot.
The House will have several newcomers in key ag districts as voters elected new representatives in Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Texas and other states with Republican challengers defeating incumbent Democrats.
The strained farm bill negotiations have erupted in partisan bickering amid darkening prospects for reaching an agreement by the end of the year to replace the 2014 law, which expires Sunday, Sept. 30.
Political pundits who see a “blue wave” for Democrats in the November election may need to consult a Midwestern congresswoman’s sobering assessment of Democratic performance and chances in Middle America.