Many agricultural groups are pressuring the Senate to act on the farm bill. The most recent was the National Farmers Union. Tom Buis, NFU president, urged senators this week to end the delay and move forward on the farm bill considerations. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on the bill, which would allow the Senate to begin debate. A vote is expected today (Friday.)
"The farm bill has been deadlocked in the Senate for nearly a month, despite the bill's unanimous, bipartisan support in the Senate Agriculture Committee and broad support from the countryside," says Buis. "There has been plenty of time to move forward and it is disappointing that the Senate hasn't passed a farm bill."
He points specifically to the winter wheat crop, which is already in the ground. Other crop producers are starting to make decisions for the upcoming planting season. "Producers need to know what kind of farm programs they will be operating under next year," says Buis. "With the end of the year fast approaching, Congressional work days are few and time is running out. The Senate needs to act quickly to pass a farm bill so a House-Senate conference committee can be appointed, members can approve a conference report and the President can sign a farm bill into law."
Source: National Farmers Union