Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow is calling on supporters of farm programs and rural Americans to call up Republican House members to pressure them to take action on a new farm bill.
Despite the farm bill’s momentum last summer, with the Senate and the House Agriculture Committee passing versions of the vital farm legislation, the bill died in the House with House Republicans refusing to hold a floor vote.
With Congress agreeing on a nine-month extension of the expired farm bill, Stabenow is pushing Congress to move forward on a new five-year farm bill. In particular, she is throwing her weight behind an effort by Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, who vowed to hold up farm legislation until the House leadership commits on a full vote.
“People across America who care about agriculture, who care about farmers and ranchers and local food systems and jobs in rural America are going to have to stand up and get engaged in this and hold people accountable to do the right thing,” Stabenow said in an interview. “Otherwise, we won’t get a farm bill.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer