NEW FARM BILL READIED FOR FINAL DEBATE
Washington--Congress should finally see a new farm bill this week or early next week as House-Senate negotiators worked through the weekend in hopes of filing the legislation by Monday night. Going into Sunday night, a few disputes continued. But Sunday afternoon staff briefings were being held on the proposed agreement and the hope was to call the conferees together for their signatures on Monday.
Indeed, the mood was such that no one believed any longer that more time would help; instead, it was judged better to grab the opportunity for House action this week. And if the farm bill is filed Monday night, the leadership is proposing to call it up as early as Wednesday, a fast turnaround for a measure given up as dead by many just months ago. Bipartisan support remains crucial, but Democrats have won significant compromises on food stamp funding and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is promising a real push to deliver the needed Republican votes.
Farm Bureau supports the compromise farm bill and urges legislators to vote for it.