Washington, DC -- Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement after the House adopted last-minute legislation to avert a tax hike on all Americans and drastic across-the-board spending cuts for 2 months and which included a one-year extension of the Farm Bill.
"There was time to get this done; there was time to have put together a bigger deal; there was time to pass a 5-year Farm Bill," said Costa. "But we didn't because far too many of those serving in this institution lack the will to put the country first and partisan interests last.
Now is not the time to congratulate ourselves, or act like Congress did something heroic. Regular order, spirited debate, and compromise have been replaced by brinkmanship and high-stakes political games that jeopardize the stability of our economy and financial security of America's middle class and businesses.
Despite all the hard work and compromise to craft a bipartisan Farm Bill, Republican Leadership chose an all too familiar, kick-the-can approach that does nothing to modernize our agriculture programs or address the crisis facing our nation's dairy industry. We had the bill and the agreement but what American agriculture got was more of the same.
Last night we waved goodbye to 2012, and I am happy to now say goodbye to the 112th Congress. I hope that in the next Congress, we find some more common sense and willingness to compromise to solve problems on behalf of the American people."