NFU President Disappointed with House Speakerís Decision on Farm Bill
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson wasn't surprised to hear the House would not take action on the farm bill until after the election. He called punting the farm bill into the lame duck session a transparent political maneuver that leaves rural America holding its collective breath about its livelihood and future. Expressing confidence that there are enough votes to pass the farm bill now - Johnson urged the Speaker to reconsider. He said Congress should not leave town while leaving U.S. farmers and ranchers facing enormous uncertainty. On the heels of one of the most devastating disasters the country has seen in years - Johnson said the agricultural community needs certainty here and now - not in six weeks.
Johnson also expressed concern about the significant tax and funding issues Congress will need to deal with in the lame duck session. He said NFU worries the farm bill might become a pawn in that process. American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher has also pointed to other issues - such as expiring tax provisions - that will likely take priority during the lame duck session. She has noted there is no guarantee the farm bill will be brought up. Thatcher also warns there will be far less money to write a farm bill next year than this year.
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