Farm Bill Update

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by NADO Admin

This week, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee leaders indicated they hope the Senate-passed version of the farm bill (S.3250), which includes $23 billion in mandatory savings, could be used as part of an overall debt savings deal to avert the fiscal cliff. The Senate passed its version of the farm bill with bipartisan support on June 21.

The House Agriculture Committee approved its version of the farm bill (H.R. 6083) on July 12. The bill has not moved to the House floor for a vote because of funding debates over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps. The House farm bill would cut SNAP $12 billion more than the Senate version of the bill. The 2008 farm bill expired on September 30 and if no deal on a five-year farm bill is reached, Congress may have to pass a temporary extension of the 2008 farm bill during the lame-duck session.

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