Having again failed to schedule floor time for a new farm bill despite expiration of current law on Sept. 30, House leadership is unlikely to be moved to action by a fellow lawmaker’s scathing critique. But that didn’t stop Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, from making such a harsh assessment during a Tuesday press call.
“We need to get (a new farm bill) done,” said Stabenow. “If we aren’t able to get this done we’re looking at a Depression-era farm policy that’s obviously extremely outdated: antiquated subsidies, price controls and so on, and market confusion that (would) come from that.”
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The current impasse, she said, “is absolutely unacceptable. We passed a bipartisan (farm) bill in the Senate in June. The House Agriculture Committee passed a bipartisan (farm) bill in July.
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