Immigration Dispute Sinks Farm Bill
(INDIANAPOLIS) - A fight over an unrelated immigration bill has scuttled the new farm bill in the House.
The bill's crop insurance and price support provisions aren't that different from the last five-year farm bill, which expires in October. Congress can always vote to extend that bill, but Bob White with the Indiana Farm Bureau says the uncertainty creates problems for farmers. In Indiana, he says farmers begin making their planting decisions in December.
Democrats voted against the bill because of proposed new work requirements for food stamps. 30 Republicans joined them to kill the bill -- they were demanding a more ironclad promise of a vote on a border security bill.
Indiana's delegation voted along party lines.