January 23, 2020

Chairwoman Stabenow Discusses Farm Bill on MSNBC Today

Categories: Farm Bill

Today on “NOW with Alex Wagner” (MSNBC), Sen. Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) discussed the Farm Bill.

In part, Chairwoman Stabenow indicated that: “In my judgment, I am not going to allow—I will do everything in my power to stop just a temporary continuation like was done last year. Why? Because all of the subsidies these guys say they want to end that they don’t support would continue under a continuation budget. We’d have no savings; we would have no reforms.

“All of those things that they talk about would be eliminated and we would just continue with the old way, spending way too much money on the wrong things, and things like local food systems, organics, fruits and vegetables, healthy foods in schools, would not have the funding to continue. So I don’t support that. They need to get the job done.”

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Farm Bill Issues

Reuters writer Charles Abbott reported yesterday that, “The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives needs to solve its farm bill impasse by enacting the Senate’s bipartisan bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Monday, warning that the Democrat-run Senate will not extend current law again.

“The House defeated its own farm bill last week – the first time such a bill has failed in a House vote – and analysts have said a short-term extension of the 2008 farm law would be the easiest solution.

“On the Senate floor, Reid said ‘the Senate will not pass another temporary farm bill extension.’”

(Note that a video replay of Sen. Reid’s presentation on the Senate floor, and transcript of his remarks, are available here,  at Online.  See also this news release yesterday from Purdue University, “Second farm bill extension seems likely, Purdue ag economists say.”)

Mr. Abbott noted that, “A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said ‘no decisions have been made on next steps.’”

The Reuters article pointed out that, “House Republican leaders canceled plans for a vote this week on an Agriculture Department funding bill. One farm lobbyist said it would have been ‘round two’ on the farm bill since it covers the same contentious subjects.”