November 16, 1970 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE 818191
CONFERENCE REPORT ON FARM
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, on
October 14, the last day the Senate was
In session before the election, In response
to questions raised by various Members
on both sides of the aisle, I gave assurances
that the conference report on the
farm bill would be taken up the day the
Senate reconvened. I made those assurances
In good faith, fully expecting that
that would be the case.
Since that time, a number of events
have occurred, not the least of which Is
the absence of the distinguished chairman
of the Committee on Agriculture
and Forestry on omc!al business. Under
his orliinal schedule he was due to arrive
In Washington yesterday. His original
schedule was changed, however,
throUih no fault of his own and he is
now expected back later this week.
Therefore, with the concurrence of
the Senate, I would like to be forgiven
for the solid a.ssurances I m11.de. I did
not foresee some of the events that have
made it now impossible to have the Agriculture
conference report pending as
the very first order of business. Out of
deference and courtesy to the chairman
of the Committee on Agriculture and
Forestry, I would like to suggest that the
Senate consider taking up the conference
report upon his return, which I understand
w!ll be Wednesday or Thursday.
I regret having to make a request of
this sort in view of the positive statement
concerning the scheduling of this
matter I made on October 14. However,
as sometimes happens, circumstances do
developed and In this instance they have
colored the picture a little bit differently.
As most of us know, the leadership
does not have It totally within Its power-
and this applies to both leaders-to
call up a conference report. Conference
reports a.re privileged matters and under
the practice of the Senate they are handled
ordinarily by the Senator who manages
the measure In question In the first
place. In this instance, It Is the Senator
from Louisiana who assumed that
respons!bllity and I only ask that the
Senate and the farmers of the Nation
who are so vitally Interested In the proposal
understand the position in which
the leadership finds itself at this moment.
It Is a dimcult position, indeed,
and once again I express my apology
and ask the Indulgence a! all concerned
for the 2 or 3 day's delay this has occasioned.
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent
that certain excerpts of what I had
to say on October 14 be printed at this
pon!t in the RECORD.
Mr. DOLE. Mr. President, will the
Senator yield at that point?
Mr. MANSFIELD. I yield.
Mr. DOLE. Mr. President, I appreciate
the remarks of the Senator from Montana.
I think that perhaps the Senator
refers to the debate and the colloquy that
was had on the last day prior to election
adjournment with the Senator from
Mr. MANSFIELD. The Senator Is
Mr. DOLE. Mr. President, It Is my understanding
that when the Senator from
Louisiana does return this matter w!ll
be the first order of business.
Mr. MANSFIELD. The Senator Is correct.
It is the first order of business.
Mr. DOLE. Mr. President, the Senate
will not consider the conference report
at this time as much as the Senator
from Montana and the Senator from
Kansas would like to dispose of It today.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I appreciate
the understanding remarks of
the distinguished Senator from Kansas.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Without obJection,
It Is so ordered.
There being no objection, the excerpts
were ordered to be pr!rtted in th~Rzcoao,
THI: FARM BILL
Mr. DoLE. Mr. President, I take this time
to ask e. question about the conference report
on the farm bill. As Senators know,
there was some discussion late yesterday
about action on the conference report. The
Senator from Kansas Is stlll hopeful-not
very hoepful, but still hopeful-that there
may be some action yet today on It, but I
take this opportunity to ask e. question of
the distinguished majority leader because
I have read with great Interest a statement
attributed to the majority leader that It
w111 be the first matter of business on November
16, and also here was some assurance
from the majority leader that, without a
doubt, the Senate would approve the confence
I ask the qpestlon now, not In any partisan
way, of the Senator from Montana, who
comes from a winter wheat producing State
because to hiS State and to my State of
Kansas, which Is a winter wheat producing
State, this matter Ia highly Important. In
fact, I have stated my hope to the Secretary
of Agriculture that perhaps, on the
be.als of assurances on the Senate ll.oor, at
least some provlslone.J regulations and recommende.
tlona might be made to American
winter wheat producers.
Therefore, I would be mbst grateful If the
Sene.tor from Montana would comment on
that at this time.
Mr. MANBFIELD. Mr. President, I would be
most happy to respond to the distinguished
Senator from Ke.nsaa, who comes from one
of the gree.t wheat-producing States In the
Ne.tlon, and may I say that Montana 18 qulte
a wheat producer, too.
Because of the situation which' he.s developed,
I lind myeelf, aa the majqrlty ~eader,
ln a oomewhat embarrassing position. The
bill ~ tself Is not all that I desired. I thought
that the Setl81re b111 waa very l!'llperlor to the
House-passed blll. The conference report
did not do everything theit those of us from
the wheat-product~ States des1red. But,
all things CODB!dered, it la a good bill, and
with a eul!i be.se for whee.t, with the rest
to be made up through certlll.ce.tlon, with
whe.t hae been done to take care of
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