Stabenow says she's 'appalled' the House hasn't taken up a farm bill

Stabenow said it’s been 80 days since the farm bill expired. She has urged the House to take up the Senate passed-version or even the House committee version so that farmers and ranchers would have stability in a time where there have been record droughts.

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“We have had 80 days since the farm bill expired,” Stabenow said. “Eighty days since family farms and small businesses have been holding their breath to see what would happen across America.”

Stabenow said Boehner and President Obama could include a farm bill in an overall deficit reduction package that they are working on to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” She also said she would support an amendment for drought relief for farmers to an emergency-spending bill being considered in the Senate for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“We have a disaster bill on the floor,” Stabenow said. “ And I’m not going to allow this bill to go through without considering farm disaster provisions.”

The Senate started consideration this week of H.R. 1 as a vehicle to provide $60 billion to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, but some conservatives have said the bill has unnecessary spending measures, during a time when lawmakers are trying to make spending cuts.

Stabenow said even if emergency provisions for farmers are included in the supplemental bill, that a five-year farm bill is still needed.