Frank Lucas Is Thrilled That This Whole Farm Bill Thing Is Finally Over

The House Agriculture chairman says to put a glass of milk on his tombstone, the negotiations nearly killed him.

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Sarah Mimms
Jan. 27, 2014, 4:09 p.m.

Rep. Frank Lu­cas ex­pressed an ex­hausted sort of grat­it­ude Monday night after he and fel­low farm-bill con­fer­ees re­leased the fi­nal 959-page bill.

In testi­mony be­fore the House Rules Com­mit­tee, the Ok­lahoma Re­pub­lic­an ar­gued that the bill is the best pos­sible deal for both parties, at one point even call­ing it “amaz­ing.” After months of work, though, Lu­cas ad­mit­ted that he’s hap­pi­est that the whole pro­cess is over, not­ing that the ne­go­ti­ations around the dairy in­dustry alone were in­cred­ibly tax­ing for ne­go­ti­at­ors.

“If I ex­pire in the next three days, I want a glass of milk carved on my tomb­stone — be­cause it’s what killed me,” he said.