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Stabenow: Lame Duck Farm Bill Needed

Cantor commits to vote prior to new year; Stabenow encourages House action

Published on: Oct 26, 2012

House Majority leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday committed to a Farm Bill vote in the lame duck session following November elections, according to reports from Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Cantor made the comments in Boise, Idaho, at a campaign stop with Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.

The bill, now stalled in the House of Representatives, passed through committee and full vote in the Senate in June. Though the House Agriculture Committee has approved its version, many lawmakers have blamed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for stalling the bill by failing to call for a vote.

Cantor commits to vote prior to new year; Stabenow encourages House action
Cantor commits to vote prior to new year; Stabenow encourages House action

Though a special coalition to pass the bill, Farm Bill Now!, was created in August to generate more support for a new five year bill, the 2008 Farm Bill expired at the end of September.

Despite differences in both the House and the Senate versions, namely in the nutrition titles, Stabenow said Thursday that she supported the Majority Leader's commitment to voting on the bill in the lame duck.

"I'm very pleased to hear that Majority Leader Cantor is now committed to bring the Farm Bill to the floor immediately after the election. 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 said.

Sen. Stabenow also encouraged the House to move ahead before 2013.

"We passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that reforms farm programs and cuts $23 in spending. I hope our colleagues in the House of Representatives will follow that lead with a bipartisan approach to this legislation. It is critical that we are able to finalize the Farm Bill before the beginning of next year when farm programs begin to expire, which would impact milk and food prices for families," Stabenow added.