The Senate Agriculture Committee has postponed the mark-up session on the 2012 Farm Bill scheduled for Wednesday morning. On Monday, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., committee chairwoman, had announced the committee’s proposal of the bill.
Stabenow issued the following statement regarding the postponement of the mark-up session:
“The Agriculture Committee has made significant progress and have bipartisan agreement on the bulk of the 2012 Farm Bill. We are committed to continuing to work together in a bipartisan way as we come to agreement on a few outstanding issues. This is a bill that impacts 16 million jobs and a huge sector of America’s economy, and it is important that we move prudently to create the best possible product.”
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., ranking member of the Committee, issued the following statement regarding the postponement: “I support Chairwoman Stabenow’s decision to postpone the Farm Bill mark-up scheduled for tomorrow morning. Significant bipartisan progress has been made on many sections of the bill. Just a few issues remain to be worked out. I have given the Chairwoman my commitment to getting this job done. I’m confident the Committee can move forward in a bipartisan manner in the near future.”
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) expressed disappointment in the postponement. NCGA President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement Wednesday:
“The National Corn Growers Association is disappointed with the delay in the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of the 2012 Farm Bill. Our organization is committed to working with members of Congress and other organizations on this vital piece of legislation. The process needs to be done responsibly and judiciously but it needs to be done as soon as possible.”
A new date and time for the rescheduled hearing will be announced shortly, according to a committee press release.