Gun control. Immigration. Job creation.
And so much more. President Obama had a laundry list of issues he wants Congress to address, according to Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech. How much will actually get done remains to be seen, but bet on more being said than done.
One issue that Obama didn’t mention was the farm bill. Remember the farm bill? Hundreds of billions of dollars for the food stamp program, and to support ag producers? It lapsed last year, as the R’s and D’s could not find common ground.
In their reactions to the speech last night, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem, the two Republicans in South Dakota’s three-member delegation, didn’t mention the farm bill. The Democrat in the mix, Sen. Tim Johnson, said he regretted Obama not bringing it up.
Johnson did join in an effort to cap payments to producers, making it $125,000 per producer, or $250,000 per couple. The bill, dubbed the Farm Program Integrity Act of 2013, was sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
Congress and Obama have a full plate after the SOTU speech. Will they find room on it for ag policies?