House approves one-month farm bill extension
12/13/2013 at 11:15 a.m.
From the American Farm Bureau Federation:
WASHINGTON — Yesterday afternoon, the House approved an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill until Jan. 31, 2014. The bill was approved by voice vote. Farm Bureau did not take a position on the bill.
Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said that the possibility of dairy prices rising significantly on January 1 was a significant motivator to move on an extension.
Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) stated that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack assured her there would be no impacts on dairy prices in January.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said that any extension the House passes is dead on arrival in the Senate.
This morning, the two chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees met again. They announced they are closing in on a framework farm bill deal they hope to complete next week.
Both Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said they were very pleased with the scores they have received from the Congressional Budget Office. Those scores are not public, but the fact the two members are pleased is very good news.