The Farm Bill remains stalled in Congress. Senator Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, believes the legislation would already be passed if the House of Representatives was still in session. The house has held up the annual bill in the past, as well.
Click to hear McCaskill discuss the legislation:
“I am frustrated that, for two years, 2012 and 2013, we have had a bipartisan farm bill pass the Senate. Republicans and Democrats. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt. That reduces the deficit, reforms direct payments, provides certainty to our farmers, keeps Missourians from having to pay a spike in milk prices,” said McCaskill. “And for two years we have not been able to get this bill through the House.”
The bill addresses many issues that are essential to Americans.
“It’s going to reform food stamps, it’s going to reform the direct payments, it’s going to provide certainty, and it’s going to allow the alleviation of risk due to natural disaster to our farm economy in Missouri. So I believe that we will hold off. Because what we’ve done so far hasn’t worked in terms of putting pressure on the House.”
The United States House of Representatives returns to session on January 7th. The Senate convenes on the 6th.