Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana) attended a Farm Bill Field Hearing on August 17, 2006. Burns had arranged the hearing, saying "I am glad I've been able to secure this field hearing for Montana."
"This Farm Bill is critically important for my producers..." Burns also said. Burns' statements were prior to his dozing off during the 'critically important' hearing.
Burns is locked in a tight reelection race for his Senate seat.
In a printed statement about the Farm Bill, Burns said "These principles are just the starting point of our work on the next Farm Bill. Over the coming months, I will be working with Montana producer groups to develop concrete proposals that will benefit our most important industry."