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April 29, 2017

Rep. McGovern: Highlights Ag Appropriations, Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

On the House floor today, Rep. Jim McGovern (D., Mass.) discussed the Ag Appropriations Bill, and the Farm Bill.

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Video: Rep. Alcee Hastings Discusses Ag Appropriations, Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

On the House floor today, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.) discussed Ag Appropriations and the Farm Bill.

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Farm Bill; Appropriations; Ag Economy; Immigration; and, Climate

Farm Bill

Yesterday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) appeared on “NOW with Alex Wagner,” the MSNBC television program and discussed the Farm Bill.  A replay of this discussion has been posted at FarmPolicy.com Online.

With respect to a way forward on the Farm Bill, 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.”

And Daniel Looker reported yesterday at Agriculture.com that, “Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Tuesday that he supports the Senate not extending the 2008 farm law again in order to keep pressure on the House of Representatives to pass a new farm bill.”

Mr. Looker noted that, “Grassley, who is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, indicated Tuesday that resistance to another extension is coming from the committee’s leader.

“‘I had a discussion with Chairwoman [Debbie] Stabenow (D-MI) and she said I could quote her that she said she’s not going to extend the farm bill for another year,’ Grassley said.

“Not extending current law holds out the possibility that permanent farm bill legislation, dating back to 1949 and earlier, could kick in sometime after the current fiscal year ends on September 30.”

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