Farm Bill Stalled, Programs Set to Expire September 30

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:11 am

While the House will pass their six-month stopgap budget bill today, pushing government spending authority out to March, one other September 30 deadline remains outstanding, and Congress looks prepared to let it expire. That would be the authorization for farm programs. If nothing is done, the farm programs would revert back to the policy of [...]

Farmers Angered By Congressional Inaction on Farm Bill, Drought

By: Monday August 13, 2012 12:15 pm

Republican lawmakers in rural farming communities were worried that they would have to go home to their districts empty-handed, without any tools to help farmers deal with this summer’s massive drought. They tried to sidestep this problem by passing, at the last possible minute, a bill to provide a year of drought relief to livestock [...]

Drought Relief Bill Passes House, But Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:15 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call. The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August [...]

House Game-Playing on Farm Bill, Drought Relief

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 10:24 am

The House will take up its standalone disaster relief bill today, which will serve as a talking point in rural Republican districts as “action” being taken to respond to the historic drought plaguing the country. The House waited until the last possible day before the August recess to pass the measure, giving the Senate basically [...]

House Leaders Drop Farm Bill Extension, Will Instead Push Disaster Relief

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 8:15 am

Forget about the farm bill. The House GOP leadership has dropped their efforts to pass a one-year extension of farm programs under current policy, weeks after they dropped efforts to pass a Republican version of the farm bill which has passed the House Agriculture Committee. With substantial opposition on both sides to continuing a program [...]

Stopgap Spending Package Won’t Be Voted On Until After August Recess

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:15 am

House and Senate leaders continue to work on a stopgap spending bill to close out the year, and could announce it as early as today. The bill would extend a continuing resolution on the budget for six months, until the end of March 2013. The spending levels would likely equal those designated in the debt [...]

House Releases One-Year Farm Bill Extension

By: Monday July 30, 2012 8:55 am

The House has released an expected one-year extension of farm-related programs, in a bill which would also deliver needed relief to drought-stricken farmers in the Midwest. But the plan is imperiled by the continuation of direct payments to farmers, which members of both parties oppose. Direct cash payments would be trimmed modestly to help cover [...]

Congress Moving to Wrap Up Budget, Farm Bill With Short-Term Extensions

By: Friday July 27, 2012 10:55 am

With conservatives in retreat, it does look like we’ll get a six-month stopgap spending bill that will put off any budget hostage-taking until next March, when the character of Congress may change dramatically because of the elections. Politico advances the ball on that story today. Apparently, House Republicans figured out that they have to stand [...]

Drought Will Raise Food Prices in What Could Be an Endless Cycle

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 8:55 am

The drought conditions in the Midwest show no sign of letting up, and if you believe the overwhelming amount of evidence on climate change, amounts to something approaching a new normal. So the first thing I’d say about this projection of food prices as a result of the drought is that, in a constantly warming [...]

Congress Abandons Key Bills, a Mark of Its Historic Dysfunction

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 6:23 am

It’s the time of the (election) season where Congress does everything it can to delay contentious issues until after November. So it is with two particular measures they’d rather not deal with at this time. Senate-passed bills to cut farm subsidies and food stamps and overhaul the financially teetering Postal Service have been put on [...]

House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill With Food Stamp Cuts

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 11:45 am

The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill yesterday, setting it up for passage in the House and a contentious fight over food stamp cuts that could affect up to 3 million recipients. The House bill, which passed 35 to 11, would reduce food and nutrition spending by more than $35 billion, [...]

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