House to vote on 6-month spending bill, nothing on Farm Bill

September 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. The continuing resolution would hold government spending to fiscal year 2012 levels. Meanwhile, hundreds of farmers rallied in Washington D.C. yesterday, calling for Congress to pass the 2012 Farm Bill, but that is looking more and more unlikely.

With just eight days left for Congress to act, this is probably going to be the last piece of legislation that gets passed before November. As of now, the Farm Bill is not included as a continuing piece of legislation. There is a chance that it could be added, but that depends on whether the Senate will call for it– and have to deal with the controversy, and further action by the House– or not.

Funding for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps) would continue as it is included in the continuing resolution, so that these benefits don’t expire at the end of the month when the Farm Bill expires. Direct payments to farmers would also continue. Almost 40 other programs, however, are set to expire on September 30 if agreement on the Farm Bill is  not reached. At risk are a range of vital programs including conservation measures, crop insurance, and rural development.




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