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Stabenow says Senate will reject House extension bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said over the weekend that if the House passes the extension bill the Senate will reject it, Agweek, a Grand Forks, N.D., publication reported.

Stabenow spoke out on the bill Saturday during a campaign appearance in Fargo, N.D., for Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat running to succeed Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

“The only thing that will go to the (House) floor is this one-year extension,” Stabenow said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

She called it “quite shocking” that the House leadership was unwilling to bring a bill that came out of the committee on a bipartisan vote. She said about half the Republican caucus doesn’t think there should be a farm bill, so the party may not have votes to pass it.

Stabenow, who also made an appearance in Mandan, N.D., said that Heitkamp’s opponent, Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., and his Republican allies haven’t done enough to pass the farm bill.

Heitkamp said in a news release that if elected, she would do “everything I can to get a seat on the Senate Ag Committee.”

“It’s a shame that while the Senate has passed a bipartisan farm bill that cuts the deficit, the House has yet to pass a long-term farm bill and seems more interested in kicking the can down the road, creating uncertainty for our farmers and ranchers.”