Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains In Doubt

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Having passed the Senate Ag Committee, the Farm Bill moves to the floor this week with hopes of passage so the Senate can move on to another important issue for agriculture – immigration reform.  Despite progress in the Senate, however, passage in the House remains in doubt.  The House Ag Committee passed its version of the Bill on a 36-10 vote.  But despite billions in cuts to food assistance programs, House Ag Committee Ranking member, Collin Peterson (D-MN), told a farm group "I think there is a possibility that we may not have the votes to pass this."  The Bill is expected to reach the floor later this month.  If that happens, Mr. Peterson predicts that farmers would have to wait two years for another try.