Farm Bill Extension?

Farm Bill Extension?

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. Longtime

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is starting to get impatient about the farm bill, saying the text for a Senate draft should have been out during the long August recess …

GRASSLEY … “The Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee were supposed to put pen to paper during the August work period.”

But Grassley says there’s still no farm bill draft …

GRASSLEY … “I think we were told in July there was going to be a lot of hard work done to work out differences in the August recess. Presumably, that has not happened.”

It’s been harder to get a farm bill done this year as the two parties try to avoid an October 1st government shutdown over spending bills.

But if there is a shutdown, even a partial one, Grassley’s even less hopeful for a farm bill this year …

GRASSLEY … “If Congress isn’t meeting regularly during a shutdown…and we can meet and probably should be meeting every day, 24 hours a day until we get it solved. But you know, you’re talking about floor time, and we need a text first to get it through the committee before we even worry about that.”

Leaving Grassley to ask Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ag Ranking Republican John Boozman …

GRASSLEY … “Are we going to have to have a one-year extension of the farm bill?”

A question Grassley says will tell him just how “serious they are” about getting a farm bill done this year.

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