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Boehner Wants to Push Farm Bill to Next Year

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

POLITICO reports House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio wants to push the farm bill to next year and not include it any fiscal cliff deal.

Sources familiar with the deficit talks paint a very different picture: of the speaker digging in, saying he can’t include the farm bill in any package for fear of losing more Republican votes

The House and Senate bills promise savings between $24 billion and $35 billion over 10 years, chiefly from food stamps and crop subsidies. But Boehner believes adding a farm bill is too cumbersome at this stage and it is better kicked over to a new Congress.

“We can’t drop a farm bill in the middle of whatever is negotiated. A 1,000-page bill on top of whatever is negotiated will just make our vote situation harder,” a Boehner aide told POLITICO. “If we can agree on a top-line number, we suspect the committees will have a much easier time getting to a bill next year under regular order.”

EWG has been calling on Congress for the past several months to pass a responsible extension and take up the farm bill in 2013.

Read more at Ag Mag:

Congress Should Not Pass A Lame Duck Farm Bill

Farm Bill Extension: Should Support Stewards, Not Insurance Subsidies

Fresh Start Needed on Overripe Farm Bill

Table Scraps:

Iowa State University professor Bruce Babcock tells food and farm columnist Alan Guebert that Congress’ farm bill proposal is “just insane.”

Registered dietician and author of Small Bites Andy Bellatti writes about the four biggest food stories of the year and what they taught us.

Wisconsin State Farmer reports farmers using engineered corn still face increased threats of pests and yield loss.

Center for a Livable Future’s Roni Neff lists four simple things consumers can do to have a climate-friendly diet.

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