House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently joined a growing list of lawmakers who are pressuring congressional leaders to vote on the farm bill before the August recess and before the current bill expires at the end of September.
The omnibus farm legislation, passed anew every five years, has been stuck in legislative limbo for the past several months. While the Senate finally passed a version of the bill earlier this summer, the House has yet to bring the bill to the floor, leading many farmers to worry that it will not be passed before the current bill expires in the fall.
“I join Democrats and Republicans and dozens of groups – representing farmers, ranchers, the faith community, nutrition advocates, scientists, environmental and conservation organizations – calling for swift action on the Farm Bill. Inaction by the Republican congressional leadership means that disaster assistance will expire at the very time when we are experiencing the worst drought in 50 years; rural America is already facing the termination of livestock and crop assistance in the midst of this crisis. Inaction means economic, nutritional and employment crisis throughout our rural communities,” Pelosi said in a statement.
While Pelosi reiterated that she does not agree with the deep cuts to the Food Stamp Program contained in the House bill, she argued that bringing the bill to the floor and allowing Representatives to offer amendments would be allow members to debate and revise the final bill.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer