Now that the government shutdown has ended, legislators are looking toward the future. The U.S. Senator from Missouri, Roy Blunt, does not expect much progress on many major items, but he does think Congress stands a good chance of passing the Farm Bill.
“It has some important reforms in it,” said Blunt about the Farm Bill, “And it’s critically important to farming America, that they know what farm policies are before they make their first-of-the-year decisions about what they’re going to do, how they’re going to do it, what they’re going to borrow, how they’re going to borrow it. In terms of the loans that are always taken out by the average farm family.”
Blunt believes the shutdown and debt ceiling scare wasted valuable time that could have been spent on issues such as the Farm Bill and mental health reform.
Blunt is hoping for some positive results from what he calls the “shock therapy” of the last two-and-a-half weeks.
“That the government will get back to doing its business in an open way, in a constitutional way. So that people can watch this process, they can monitor this process. It’s not all wrapped up in some language of, ‘We can’t decide how to spend the money this year, so we’re just going to continue to spend it like we spent it last year.’ And I think there’s a chance that might happen.”
Blunt believes one positive result of the crisis is the preservation of the Budget Control Act.