"I don't want anybody to get into any kind of mode that we need an extension,"Peterson told Hagstrom. "That will let the senators off the hook. There are going to be a lot of people upset if we extend this current law." The House has finished its version of the bill, and Peterson said he expects the Senate to finish its version and go to conference before the end of 2007.
In the meantime, however, Peterson and Harkin have said there could be extensions for parts of the 2002 bill, such as food stamps and the cotton program, whose funding expires Sept. 30, reports Tom Steever of Brownfield Network. Steever writes that Peterson wants a "two-bill strategy," with "one bill funded within the baseline and another with more programs if money is available.