Democrat’s Stalling Could Push Farm Bill Completion To December

Conference committee negotiations over this year’s farm bill have reached an impasse because the ranking Senate Democrat wants to wait until December to complete them, Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs., said Thursday.

Farm bills are huge pieces of legislation covering topics ranging from agricultural subsidies to food stamp policies. They are renewed every five years. The current bill expired Sept. 30.

Westerman said in a phone interview that U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., prefers to wait until that month. He said Stabenow’s objections have included adding provisions for window planters and allowing medical doctors to prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables. Westerman said Congress should not wait that long to complete action on the legislation. He said farmers are making decisions on next year’s crop plantings now.    MORE

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