WASHINGTON (AP) — As the House began debate on its version of a new five-year farm bill, the dean of Minnesota's congressional delegation urged colleagues to pass it.
Rep. Collin Peterson, the senior Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, says compromise is rare on Capitol Hill, but it's what's needed to get the bill passed. He says he didn't get everything he wanted, and the panel's Republican chairman didn't get everything he wanted, but that's how the legislative process is supposed to work.
The White House is threatening to veto the House version, saying its food stamp cuts could leave some Americans hungry. But some Republican opponents want even deeper food stamp cuts.
Peterson says huge cuts would be wrong, but it's unrealistic to refuse to cut one penny from food stamps either.