House Passes a Disaster Aid Bill

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by NADO Admin

On August 2, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a stand-alone disaster aid bill (H.R. 6233) by a vote of 223-197, which would provide $383 million in assistance to farmers and ranchers across the country affected by drought, wildfires, and other natural disasters that occurred in fiscal year 2012.

The disaster assistance measure was originally part of a one-year farm program extension (H.R. 6228) that House leaders hoped to approve before the August recess; however, that measure was pulled from the floor because it lacked enough support to pass.

Senate leadership has indicated that they will not take up a disaster measure before the August recess. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has publically stated that the Senate will not pass the House drought assistance measure, but may instead use it as a vehicle to negotiate a multi-year farm bill. Click here (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.pdf)to view the full text of H.R. 6233.

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