Highlights of Peterson Opening Statement

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson expressed hope Wednesday that the first meeting of the Farm Bill Conference Committee was the beginning of the end to a process he first started almost four years ago. He said it's long past time to finish the bill. Peterson noted the differences between the House and Senate farm bill span all titles and programs. He said resolving the differences poses a challenge - but expressed optimism that if left alone and allowed to do their work - the Conference Committee can find middle ground and finish the farm bill. Peterson said it's now time for members to start making the compromises necessary to put together a bill that can be defended and clearly explained to members of Congress and the general public. He said it's time to put together a bill that can pass the House and Senate and be signed into law by the President. Peterson admitted it won't be easy - but said we've come too far to give up now.

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