The likely new chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told interviewers Monday that it would be “irresponsible” and “not productive” to reopen and try to change the 2014 farm bill, which he voted against because he wanted bigger cuts to food stamps and disliked some policy provisions. Roberts said he views “regulatory overkill” as a big concern going forward, and especially wants to target the Environmental Protection Agency’s “crazy” proposed water rule. Bills before the committee related to child nutrition and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission “will have their own controversies,” National Journal’s Jerry Hagstrom wrote, “but if Roberts can stick to his plans to consult with his committee, he will show that the Senate’s Republican leaders want to govern, not just protest.” – Rhonda Holman
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