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Stabenow said she could “appreciate” the issues that Lucas has to deal with in the House, and that there was “no light between any of us here on our goal to get this done.” Still she reiterated that she didn’t think an extension was necessary.
“It is my judgment that, at least through the end of January, we’re not in a spot where dairy prices are affected at all,” Stabenow said.
In a statement, Stabenow said that a one-month extension through January could allow direct payments to continue for another year. “That’s absolutely unacceptable and will not pass the Senate. I urge House leadership to keep the House in session next week so we can get this done by the end of the year,” she said. “We will be ready to vote in January.”
Peterson said off the floor that Lucas was being pushed by GOP leadership to move an extension, something which Peterson said is unnecessary and hurts the chances of getting a deal done.
“It’s a bad idea. I don’t think we should do it, but I don’t want him to screw this up either, OK?” Peterson said. “You got people that are pushing that that don’t really understand what they’re doing, you know? And he has to deal with them, so, anyway, I’ll withhold judgment.”
“But I would like to vote against it, if they bring it up,” Peterson reiterated. “But I might not, if I think it’s going to help us get a bill at the end of the day.”
Lucas told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he intended to offer the extension that evening.
Niels Lesniewski and Emma Dumain contributed to this report.