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Stabenow supports extension if no farm bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has issued a statement saying that if Congress does not pass a new farm bill by Monday night, she would back the extension bill that House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., announced earlier today.

Stabenow also noted that Agriculture Committee leaders “in both chambers” developed that bill.

“While the Senate passed a bipartisan five-year farm bill in June that cut subsidies and reduced the deficit, the lack of action by the House Republican leadership has put us in a situation where we risk serious damage to our economy unless we pass a temporary extension,” Stabenow said.

“If a new farm bill is not passed in the next few days, Agriculture Committee leaders in both chambers and both parties have developed a responsible short-term farm bill extension that not only stops milk prices from spiking, but also prevents eventual damage to our entire agriculture economy,” she said.

“It is critical that we pass a five-year farm bill that gives farmers and ranchers the certainty they need to plan for the future. If a new farm bill doesn’t pass this Congress we’ll soon hold another mark-up and just keep working until one is enacted next year.”

One-year farm bill extension



Temporary one-month farm bill extension



One-month dairy-only extension