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Farm Bill Nears Vote This Week

Posted on 7/30/2012 by Chris Heiss in 2012 Farm Bill

House GOP leaders are readying a one-year extension of farm and nutrition programs that includes disaster aid for drought-affected farmers, lawmakers said Thursday.

  • The short-term extension is attracting bipartisan support and could hit the House floor next week, possibly Wednesday.

  • The move could have hindered chances of a five-year reauthorization but Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has indicated that upon House passage she will immediately seek to move the bill to conference committee, according to House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

  • Such House action could enable Congress to pass a farm bill before it expires Sept. 30.