Ag groups have a bad taste in their mouth over Kevin McCarthy’s stalemate

The new class of Congress has been sworn-in, and ag groups are closely watching the House of Representatives.

The recent stalemate surrounding Speaker Kevin McCarthy has left a bad taste in the mouths of groups like the National Milk Producers Federation. They say the in-fighting raises concerns about the House’s ability to pass good ag policy.

“We’re going to get a Speaker, but this doesn’t portend good things, I think, for the legislative agenda moving into the new Congress. This, I think, sets a challenging tone for policy debates as we move into major issues like the farm bill,” said NMPF President Jim Mulhern.

The Federation says is behavior like this continues, it could be challenging to get bipartisan support for the Farm Bill due later this year.

“I think this increases the likelihood that we don’t complete a farm bill on time by September 30th, and it could take into later in the year or perhaps even into next year before we can get it done,” said Mulhern.