David Lias posts the South Dakota Farmers Union's summary of former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's address to the group's annual convention Friday. She says the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill is entirely the House GOP's fault:
The reason we didn’t get a multi-year farm bill in the last Congress, five words: John Boehner and Eric Cantor, bottom line.... And it’s because they’re ideologically opposed to many of the programs that are in that bill. The Senate comes up with a product that saves $23 billion in taxpayer money, passes a bipartisan bill, the House Ag Committee passes a bill and John Boehner won’t bring it for a vote.
John Boehner had a responsibility as Speaker of the House to bring that bill, whether it was the committee bill or the Senate bill to the floor of the United States House of Representatives to make amendments in order and to let members influence that bill and pass the bill to the benefit of not just everyone in this room and everyone in agriculture but for the entire country that has been supported and sustained by the agriculture sector [Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, quoted by South Dakota Farmers Union, "Stephanie Herseth Sandlin Addresses SDFU State Convention," press release, 2013.02.15].
SHS sees hope for the current Congress to get more done:
Thankfully (Senate Agriculture Committee) Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow has convinced (Senate Majority) Leader (Harry) Reid to make the farm bill in 2013 at top priority and I hope that despite what we’ve seen on sequestration and the budget that the farm bill can experience the same kind of momentum, the same kind of bipartisan support, the same kind of commitment to pass it into law as I expect immigration reform will get in this Congress [SHS via SDFU, 2013.02.15].
Immigration reform? Ah, there's an issue closely tied to agriculture... and an issue on which Noem doesn't have much to say. I see no immigration measures on her list of "Legislation Kristi Supports," and no commentary among this year's press releases. She says she wants immigration reform that "work[s] well for our agriculture producers," but she's spent more time talking about the big imaginary platinum coin than about immigration.