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Farm Bill drama has Kansas players
Rep. Jerry Moran (R) ![(High Plains Journal) Moran introduces legislation to extend current Farm Bill:] Congressman Jerry Moran Thursday introduced a one-year extension to the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, commonly known as the 2002 Farm Bill. Moran's legislation comes after delays in the U.S. Senate to pass a 2007 Farm Bill. "It is unacceptable that we are nearing the end of the year without a Farm Bill to take home to our farmers and ranchers," Moran said. "Our producers face the uncertainty of making next year's crop decisions without knowing what type of safety net will be available in the coming year. Securing future financing is exceptionally difficult without certainty of farm programs. Our farmers and ranchers are already burdened with many responsibilities. They should not have to worry about whether Congress can complete a Farm Bill. I would have expected the Senate Democratic leadership to understand the policy and political implications of their unwillingness to act."This week in video from The McPherson Sentinel, Moran spoke to voters in Inman about English as the primary language: And he spoke on the Farm Bill: Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![(WIBW) Roberts not pleased with Farm Bill inaction:] Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is blaming the Senate Majority Leadership for blocking legislative progress on the new Farm Bill currently in the hopper on Capitol Hill. Roberts says the leadership team has used a parliamentary tactic to stop any additional amendments from being added to the measure. Roberts says in a statement released Wednesday, "this is not the way to run the Senate, and our farm producers deserve better." Roberts, accusing Senators of blaming each other and putting politics before farmers and ranchers, is concerned that a delay will put Kansas farmers in a crunch time deadline for their financial and planting decisions. Wheat has already been planted without them knowing what the Farm Bill will look like, and the veteran legislator predicts the nation will not have a new bill before those decisions are made next spring.Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![(AP) Boyda's bill to close child porn loophole passes:] The House on Wednesday unanimously approved Kansas Rep. Nancy Boyda's bill to close a loophole that allowed a Kansas City, Kan., man convicted of possessing child pornography to escape punishment. Boyda's measure targets a court decision earlier this year that threw out the 2005 conviction of William Schaefer. Schaefer was found to have illegal images of children on his computer that he obtained over the Internet. But the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that an Internet transmission is not "interstate commerce" as required by the federal child pornography laws. Boyda's bill closes that loophole to specify that Internet transmissions do, in fact, travel across state lines. "It shouldn't have been this hard to start off with," Boyda said. "But Congress every now and then can get it right and move quickly." The Senate is expected to consider a similar measure later this year. : http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg : http://www.hpj.com/archives/2007/Nov07/nov19/Moranintroduceslegislationt.cfm : http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg : http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/11332496.html : http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg : http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/nov...