Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hopes Dashed for ‘Christmas Miracle’ Farm Bill

Washington--A “Christmas Miracle” farm bill is off the table. And with each passing day, it seems more and more likely reauthorization of a five-year farm bill will not happen in 2012.

An aide to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), speaker of the House, told Politico on Wednesday, “We can’t drop a farm bill in the middle of whatever is negotiated (in the fiscal cliff legislation). A 1,000-page bill (the 2012 farm bill) on top of whatever is negotiated will just make our vote situation harder. If we can agree on a top-line number, we suspect the committees will have a much easier time getting to a bill next year under regular order.”

The Senate will be in session today and Friday, but not over the weekend. That leaves Dec. 26 and 27 for members of the House and Senate to possibly return to Washington to work on an extension of the farm bill and the fiscal cliff.

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