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Donnelly: Long-Term Farm Bill Will Happen This Year

1/18/2013


Senator Joe Donnelly (WIBC.com file photo: Eric Berman)

Indiana’s junior senator says Congress will agree on a long-term farm bill this year. 

As part of the fiscal cliff agreement, the current bill was extended through September.  Senator Joe Donnelly says in meeting with farmers and ranchers throughout the state this week, they’re demanding a five-year bill so they can have some certainty.   He says the inability to produce a new farm bill last year had more to do with politics than the substance of the bill. 

Donnelly says both the House and Senate versions of the bill made deep cuts in farm spending, and most farmers are willing to give up subsidies.  One sticking point is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - or SNAP - which used to be known as food stamps.  He says the inability to produce a new farm bill last year had more to do with politics than the substance of the bill. 

Donnelly serves on the Senate Ag Committee.

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