The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in deciding that more time was needed to hash out the resolve for the 2007 (or now, technically the 2008) Farm Bill. Both houses of Congress have now agreed to extend the 2002 Farm Bill yet again. This time, the deadline is April 18.
The action gives the House/Senate conference committee more time to iron out the details as they try to agree to terms for the new farm bill. Of course, it's not like the legislators haven't already had months to work through the task. The farm bill should have been completed last fall.
Drawing the most criticism and difficulty are the funding levels for such programs as crop loan rates and target prices. The Bush Administration has warned both houses about the prospect of a veto if the final bill is too costly. .
Worth noting is the fact that as of this Friday, Congress begins its two-week Easter recess and will return on March 31.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives