House Speaker Boehner Pledges Farm Bill in 2013

House Speaker John Boehner spoke during a forum with members of the Ohio Farm Bureau this week, but had little to say about a new Farm Bill. He did pledge to get a new Farm Bill done and said he expected the Senate to do the same this year.

"We had a very tough time last year getting to a farm bill. We are going to do a farm bill this year. And I expect the Senate will do a farm bill as well," Boehner said.

At the top of the Farm Bureau's priorities is a new Farm Bill. Farmers want a new five-year bill that addresses safety-net needs, such as crop insurance. The current bill is an extension of the old one.

While the Senate passed a version in 2012, the House did not. Instead, as part of Fiscal Cliff negotiations, Congress extended the old Farm Bill through the end of September.

It was the Republican leadership in the House, according to published reports, that refused to bring a farm bill to the floor for a vote in 2012.

Boehner is known to oppose supply management program, especially for dairy.

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