August 20, 2012

Vilsack Hammers Congress over Farm Bill Delay


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaking at the Iowa State Fair last week said the House of Representatives must get the farm bill passed by Sept. 30 in order to avoid deeper cuts in farm bill programs. Speaking against the backdrop of the worst drought in 60 years and the presidential campaign, Vilsack said rural Americans should be asking why the farm bill hasn’t gotten done and suggested that the votes are there to pass the bill if only House leaders will schedule a vote. He warned that if the farm bill isn’t passed soon, it will get rolled into larger debates over budget sequestration and taxes, with the result being deep program spending cuts.


DTN/Progressive Farmer story



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