House Passes Extension of 2008 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON D.C.- The House voted Thursday on a one-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. The extension bill - filed by House Agriculture Chair Frank Lucas - passed easily on a voice vote. The House bill is intended to keep existing farm programs going - but avert permanent law that includes 1940s vintage dairy supports. Trouble is - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid won’t take it up - leaving the House bill as no more than political cover for Republicans who don’t want to be blamed for either the Dairy Cliff or a lapse in existing programs. The principal negotiators of the farm bill were also expected to hold a conference meeting Thursday but they were not expected to announce a framework agreement on the bill. The House is not in session next week - but House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson told reporters this week that he and Chairman Lucas will be in Washington to continue farm bill talks.

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