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Stabenow: House leaders must act to get bill passed

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today applauded House Agricultural Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., for their achievement in passing the farm bill out of committee, and called on the House leadership to bring the bill to the floor for consideration to keep Congress on track for passing a bill before September 30.

“Now that the House Agriculture Committee has acted, House leadership should swiftly bring this bill to the floor,” Stabenow said in a statement.

“With droughts and weather disasters plaguing America’s agriculture economy, failure to pass a farm bill or passing a short-term extension would add even more uncertainty and stress onto American farm families and small businesses,” she said.

“Letting current farm policy expire and reverting back to the policy of the 1940s or kicking the can down the road with a short-term extension will not only hurt our economy, it will also mean a lost opportunity to enact major reforms in farm policy and substantial spending cuts.”