Congress returns from break, still no vote scheduled on Farm Bill

September 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Congress has returned to Washington today after a break during the month of August, but there is still no word on when or if the House will vote on the 2012 Farm Bill.  The House schedule was published last week, which included votes on a six-month spending bill, a veterans’ jobs bill, and other measures– but nothing on the Farm  Bill.

The Senate had passed a five-year farm bill back in June, and the House Agriculture Committee sent their version of the bill to the full House in mid-July, but there has not been any movement since then. The stalemate is around severe cuts to to nutrition programs like food stamps that are included in the House Agriculture Committee bill.  Instead, the House has been trying to push through a $383 million “disaster bill” to help farmers affected by the drought. Advocates for farmers and agriculture groups are saying that such a bill would only serve to detract from the real issue of passing a long-term farm bill.

A new Farm Bill is necessary– not just for farmers or for rural America, but for everyone. Relief for farmers, nutrition programs for low-income families, important rural development initiatives, and long-term agricultural policy hang in the balance. It’s time to put aside the politics and get to work on passing a new five-year Farm Bill.

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