Congresswoman Kristi Noem's "tenacity and dedication" to passing a Farm Bill have proven illusory and useless. Politico reports that Noem and her colleagues will fail to pass a Farm Bill before going on Christmas vacation:
Farm bill negotiators conceded Tuesday that they will not finish their work before Congress goes home for the year, but insisted that they are close to a final deal and working toward floor action in early January.
"We are very confident that we are going to have an agreement," Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said. "We will be ready to vote in January" [David Rogers, "No Farm Bill in 2013," Politico, 2013.12.10].
This failure of leadership and advocacy is stunning. Instead of pushing for a final solution for South Dakota's agricultural producers that should have happened a year and a half ago, Rep. Noem has been wasting her time with political posturing on school lunches. When Rep. Noem advocates taking food away from people who can't afford it but handing more meat and bread to kids who throw vegetables away, not to mention handing her husband more federally subsidized crop insurance business, it's no wonder that she lacks the moral authority to push forward a Farm Bill.