Magazine article Insight on the News

Battle over the Northeast Dairy Compact Heats Up in the Senate

Magazine article Insight on the News

Battle over the Northeast Dairy Compact Heats Up in the Senate

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The politics of the Northeast Dairy Compact continue to wind down a milky river (see "Do Milk Prices Need Fixing?" July 23). Pro-compact forces long have had a strategy to protect their price-fixing scheme, which expires Sept. 30.

With the clock ticking down, the plan was set into motion this week by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). The plan is simple enough: Encourage other states to inflate prices so that the Northeastern states don't have to stand alone. A bubble state such as Pennsylvania is perfect to buttress the scheme, so Specter is leading the way to let his dairy farmers in on the racket. During the Senate's debate on the bill for agriculture emergency supplemental appropriations, Specter contemplated offering an amendment to extend the Northeast Dairy Compact.

The only problem was that he lacked the votes, as he himself admitted before withdrawing the amendment. As the Senate was eager to pass the $5.5 billion bill to help farmers before Congress went on its August recess, Capitol Hill lobbyists expected the Senate to pass a bill identical to the one the House approved last month, thereby avoiding any lengthy conference-committee wrangling. …

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