Speaking of delay, Kristi, where's that Farm Bill?
For the second year in a row, Rep. Kristi Noem has failed to deliver a Farm Bill on time. Noem's Minnesota farm-country colleague, Democratic Rep. Tim Walz captured the frustration we should all feel with Kristi and the GOP's non-performance in this floor speech yesterday:
The one thing I hear from my constituents when I talk to them out in southern Minnesota is, "Is it so much to ask you folks just to do your job?"... As the drama swirls and the brinkmanship goes, and it’s déjà vu all over again, certain things shouldn’t be that difficult.
They’ve asked us to pass a Farm Bill. Four months ago, the Senate did it. Four months ago, the House Ag Committee did it. That wasn’t good enough. We came to this floor, we created drama, we tried to make being hungry a sin – and now you’ve got a monstrosity.
Well you know what? The constitution makes it very clear: bring the two together, conference the bill, and pass something that’s good for America.
I get it. You don’t like the Senate bill. I get it. Senate doesn’t like this bill. But you know what? Let’s get together and get something we both equally dislike but at least it serves the people and moves something forward [Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN-1), quoted in David Rogers, "Farm Bill Advances in House," Politico, 2013.09.26].
Kristi Noem is the least effective member of Congress South Dakota has had in recent memory. Unfortunately, that seems to be just what do-nothing Republicans want.