Farm Bill Slated to Move This Month in Congress

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by NADO Admin

The U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees announced they will begin work to move a 2013 Farm Bill through their respective committees this month. Starting on May 14, the Senate committee will begin marking up their version of the Farm Bill while the House committee has set a target date of May 15 for its mark up.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) expects the Senate bill to cut $23 billion from the debt over 10 years, the same total as last year’s proposed Senate bill. House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) announced that their version of the Farm Bill would likely cut federal spending by $38 billion over 10 years, which is $11 billion more in cuts than last year’s proposed House bill. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would be reduced by $20 billion under the House proposed bill.

On January 1, most provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill were extend until September 30 of this year as part of the overall fiscal cliff deal (H.R. 8). Click here to view NADO’s legislative fact sheet on the Farm Bill.

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