Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 12/28/2018
U.S. Capitol and the Capitol Christmas Tree
Last week, the House and Senate negotiated a reasonable agreement that extended funding for nine agencies until February 8th, 2019. However, at the last minute, House Republican Leadership decided to add controversial funding priorities backed by the Freedom Caucus to our budget knowing it did not have bipartisan support and would not pass the Senate.
This is all too familiar given the similar mess the Freedom Caucus caused on the farm bill rule vote. In the late hours of the Rules Committee hearing for the farm bill, Freedom Caucus members inserted the Yemen provision, risking the whole bill.
The dysfunction that resulted in this shutdown is a good example of what was at stake had I allowed the horrible Yemen provision to derail the farm bill and push it in to this week. Had we taken the farm bill up a week later, it’s clear now that it would have gotten caught up in the shutdown and we would have no farm bill at all.
As it is, the shutdown leaves producers in a really tough spot, at a time when they’re already hurting. Farmers and ranchers count on USDA to deliver a range of services, many of which are now suspended during the shutdown. For those producers hurt by the Administration’s trade war, they may not be able to access payments under the Market Facilitation Program. FSA borrowers can’t cash checks to pay bills and those hoping to build on-farm grain storage are also in limbo. Finally, the shutdown threatens implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill and its improvements for dairy farmers, and the others counting on the funding and program updates it makes.
If you are experiencing any hardships or delays in critical services as a result of this shut down, I encourage you to contact my office. My staff remain ready to advocate on your behalf wherever possible as we work to get our government open again.
Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District
Heavy Snow Hits the Seventh
On December 26 and 27, a storm system brought wind, snow, and blizzard conditions to much of western Minnesota, causing poor travel conditions and more than a foot of snow in some areas. For more information and winter weather safety tips, visit the National Weather Service website.
This Week in American History
The Good Samaritan Episcopal Church today
On December 24th, 1869, Sauk Centre’s Church of the Good Samaritan held its first service. This service was the marriage of Nellie A. Barrows to Captain Edward Oakford. This church still stands today, nearly 150 years after that very first service.
What’s the Story?
In 1991, the Minnesota Twins won the World Series, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-3. In recognition for their sportsmanship and skills, Wheaties cereal recognized two Twins players. Photos of both Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek were printed on Wheaties’ cereal boxes. Kirby Puckett was a center fielder and was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. Kent Hrbek was a first baseman and played for the Twins for fourteen years. Both players helped to secure the World Series win in 1991. I have one of these cereal boxes displayed in my Washington office.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train