House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has reportedly committed to holding a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill during the lame duck session of Congress. Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow was pleased to hear the news – stating that America’s farmers, ranchers, small businesses and 16-million Americans employed in agriculture desperately need the certainty and disaster relief the farm bill provides. Stabenow notes the Senate passed its version of the farm bill in June with strong bipartisan support. The measure cuts more than 23-billion dollars.
Stabenow hopes members of the House follows the Senate’s lead with a bipartisan approach to the legislation. According to Stabenow – it’s critical to finalize the farm bill before the beginning of next year when farm programs expire that would impact milk and food prices for families.
Source: NAFB News Service