U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly moved today to force a floor vote on the bipartisan 2012 Farm Bill, signing a discharge petition in Congress. Discharge petitions force legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives if signed by a simple majority of House members.
The Farm Bill has attracted criticism from Tea Party groups like the Club For Growth, which has spent more than $2 million against Donnelly and Senator Richard Lugar in an attempt to purchase a Senate seat for their preferred candidate, Richard Mourdock. Mourdock has remained silent on the Club's opposition to the bill and has notably changed his positions in the past in an effort to remain in good standing with the Club.
"Farmers can't wait for Washington to finish playing partisan games," said Donnelly. "Indiana families and communities are still reeling from this year's record drought, and they need the certainty of a full five-year farm bill. Unlike Richard Mourdock, who is standing with his "my way or the highway' special interest allies, I'm proud to be standing with Republicans and Democrats alike to stand up for Hoosier farmers."