Budget Committee Chair Who Hasn’t Passed A Budget Since 2009 Gripes About Stalled Farm Bill


Senator Kent Conrad has a column in the Grand Forks Herald today griping about delays in passing a farm bill in Congress.

Conrad blames Republicans for an “assault on needed farm programs,” but that’s not actually accurate. The dispute over the farm bill had to do with all the non-farm programs that have been slipped into this bill over the years. If Democrats had been willing to accept much-needed cuts to burgeoning social programs such as food stamps (programs which have nothing to do with farming) the farm bill could have passed.

The Democrats wouldn’t compromise, and the farm bill stalled. But I don’t think that’s nearly the crisis for farmers as Conrad is claiming. North Dakota is a top ag state “because of the free market, the hard work of our farmers, technology and our producers’ ability to adapt to market shifts — not the Farm Bill,” wrote Eric Aasmundstad, a former head of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, in a recent letter to the Grand Forks Herald.

“Nothing really changes for producers,” said Dwight Aakre, a farm management specialist with the NDSU Extension Service, back in July. “There is way too much made of the idea that farmers need to know what the farm bill is in order to plan for next year. That’s just not true.”

I suspect that the urgency to pass the farm bill has more to do with politics than farming.

But setting all that aside, it is humorous to watch our Senator, who is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, engage in partisan finger-pointing over the lack of a farm bill when he and his party haven’t passed a budget since 2009. Without a budget, we shouldn’t even be talking about a farm bill, but because Conrad and his party have found the budgeting process inconvenient for their political agenda our nation has been running without a fiscal rudder for years.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Greedus Dogus

    How do you pass a budget when the Republicans say no taxes for the rich? Our country is bleeding because the Republican obstructionist would not vote for Jesus unless they got a tax break in the process. This is such phony crap, why do you bother?

    • mikemc1970

      Psssssst, the Democrats control the Senate and are the ones that are supposed to pass the budget. Just so you know there Speedy.

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        Kent Conradwide’s committee hasn’t produced a budget. They could do it with a simple majority within the committee. Come with the Cash Kent doesn’t have the guts to come up with a serious budget.

      • $8194357

        He hates conservitives so much he don’t care..
        His type were used well by Hitler and the Nazi’s against the communists and Jews in pre war Germany..
        Usefull idiot attack dogs..
        Greedus dogus right..

      • WOOF

        u up to speed now

        • mikemc1970

          Yes, the Democrats in control of the Senate have refused to put a budget out, again.

          • $8194357


    • robert108

      “How do you pass a budget when the Republicans say no taxes for the rich?”
      Start by correcting your lie. Republicans want no tax increases for all Americans(obamacaretax), and want tax rate reductions to provide real economic stimulus.
      With the proper corrections, the answer to your “question” is simple: cut Democrat spending. Cut spending for duplicative and wasteful social programs that are only for buying Democrat votes, cut spending on bloated payoffs for obama’s crony bundlers, and cut spending to pay off the unionist greed dogs.

  • NDConservative2011

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
    The sooner this fool gets out of the U.S. Senate, the better for all concerned. He has been enough of a black eye on North Dakota.
    Conrad will collect on his “Golden Parachute”, count his money from insider trading as well as from the savings he garnered from a “Special Loan Rate” from his Countrywide loan approved by his buddy Angelo.
    He is a prime example of unethical behavior. He came into the senate with hardly any money to speak of, and will leave a very rich man – only in America !

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    The Subprime Senator is still around? Who would have guessed?

  • Jay

    Just 2 1/2 months till North Dakota’s 26-year-long nightmare of having that clown in the Senate ends, Rob.

  • $8194357

    Three years with no crony capitalist wealth redistribution.

  • WOOF

    Democrats and 16 Repubs in the Senate passed the farm bill in June, cut a total of $23.6 billion from current spending levels, including about $4.5 billion from food stamps.
    Repubs control the house .
    They continually pass meaningless bills.
    Teatards hate the poor eating.
    Teatards are holding up the farm bill.

  • kevindf

    Gaylord has his state and federal pensions to collect and his gal pal. Luci Calauti, has a lifetime government check as well.

  • Harold

    Only have to put up with Kent for a couple of more months.