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Enzi Farm Bill Statement

December 19, 2001

Washington, D.C. – Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said he may suspend consideration of the S. 1731, the Farm Bill until next year and move on to other legislation. Daschle has failed in a number of attempts to garner enough support to end debate on his bill.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said he would rather pass a good bill later than a flawed bill now.

"I want to thank the many members of the Wyoming ag community who contacted me and urged me to oppose this bill. Agriculture is vital to Wyoming, so naturally I am very interested in passing a good farm bill, but the legislation Senator Daschle is trying to push through would do more harm than good," said Enzi. "There are some major problems with this piece of legislation. For one, it would federalize state water rights. In addition, I worry about this bill fueling overproduction and driving down commodity prices. It is also a bill geared to help the rich corporate farms instead of the smaller farms and ranching operations that we have in Wyoming and other parts of the West. The current farm bill expires in September. We have the time to develop a bill that has true bipartisan support."