House finally Passes Farm Bill
Washington--Given up for dead just months ago, a new five-year farm bill easily cleared the House Wednesday morning, raising hopes that Congress can send it to President Barack Obama next week. The strength of the House's 251-166 vote makes this easier and it's now expected that when the bill arrives in the Senate Thursday, cloture will be filed promptly, setting up a pivotal roll call vote Monday. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has said she wants to finish no later than next Wednesday and aides in both parties said this was certainly doable.
The American Farm Bureau Federation commended the House for its passage of the new five-year farm bill. "It's been a tough road for the legislation during the past two years, but we are pleased with the clear bipartisan vote that prevailed," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "We now turn our attention to the Senate for timely passage of the bill, which will provide farmers and ranchers certainty for the coming year and allow the Agriculture Department to begin planning for implementation of the bill's provisions."