He blames 'extreme' wing of Republican Party.
Seventh District U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., on Thursday blamed the Republicans' lack of control of the "extreme right wing" of their party in the House for the bill's defeat.
“The farm bill failed to pass the House today because the House Republicans could not control the extreme right wing of their party," he said. "From day one I cautioned my colleagues that to pass a farm bill we would have to work together. Instead, the House adopted a partisan amendment process, playing political games with extreme policies that have no chance of becoming law.
“This flies in the face of nearly four years of bipartisan work done by the Agriculture Committee," Peterson continued. "I’ll continue to do everything I can to get a farm bill passed but I have a hard time seeing where we go from here.”