Tuesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R. Wis,) proposed budget cuts contained in the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Resolution unveiled yesterday were “simply suggestions” and said the 2012 Farm Bill would be written by the Committee.

“While I might not agree with every proposed cut, we are well past the point where trillion-dollar deficits can be ignored,” said Lucas. “I am glad that we are finally having a serious dialogue about our nation’s fiscal crisis.  As for the policy suggestions that Chairman Ryan or the President use to reach the numbers they put in their budgets, they are simply suggestions.” 

"I commend Chairman Ryan for taking the first serious step in reining in our deficit,” said Lucas. “At the end of the day, members of the House Agriculture Committee and I will write the next farm bill."

Source: House Committee on Agriculture