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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Farm bill detour? - Agriculture.com

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Farm bill detour? - Agriculture.com
(Below is an except from the original article by Daniel Looker published December 14, 2012)

Some members of the U.S. Senate are looking for other ways to speed passage of a farm bill in addition to attempts to attach it to any legislation that might address the fiscal cliff, the year-end expiration of lower tax rates and cuts in federal spending that some economists predict would send the U.S. into another recession.

In a closed door meeting of the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday, members briefly discussed trying to attach a completed farm bill to any legislation that might be passed in the lame duck session of Congress to provide assistance to a $60.4 billion disaster aid plan for dealing with damage from Hurricane Sandy.

"It was at least brought up as a possibility. It was discussed," says a person familiar with the meeting.

Roger Johnson, president of National Farmers Union, told Agriculture.com Friday that the same possibility was mentioned to one a member of his staff by a U.S. senator Thursday evening.

"We have been so focused on the fiscal cliff. It would be nice to have two options," Johnson said. "We are happy to attach the farm bill to anything that's going to pass."

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