(www.usnews.com) As part of their PR campaign surrounding their hoped-to-be-finished-soon bill, farm state lawmakers and agriculture lobbyists have repeatedly heralded it as an oasis of bipartisan deficit-reducing compromise in a desert of scorched earth partisanship. Touting the farm bills as the only pieces of bipartisan legislation to actually pass through their respective chambers, they're pushing them as models for how lawmakers can come together and compromise on other pieces of legislation, such as a highway bill, the budget or even future entitlement reform.

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