The farm bill likely to pass this year is almost certain to be similar to the failed farm bill passed this summer.
For the past half year, the farm bill has been paralyzed in Congress. While the Senate passed a version of the farm bill over the summer, as did the House Agriculture Committee, the bill was held up by Speaker of the House John Boehner, who refused to pass a half-trillion dollar spending bill in the middle of an election year.
Despite the pressure from farm lobbyists and agricultural politicians, Congress only passed a limited extension of the expired farm bill. Minnesota Senator Al Franken recently spoke out against the failure of Congress, stating that every farmer he spoke to wanted a new five-year farm bill rather than a temporary extension.
In addition, Franken pointed out the ridiculousness of the congressional stalemate, pointing out that the new farm bill will likely be similar to the bill that failed earlier this summer. In a recent press conference, Franken stated, “I think we’re going to pass something very similar to what we passed in June.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer