Republican leaders in the House have pulled the bill to extend the 2008 Farm Bill for a year after it became apparent they did not have the votes to pass it. New York Congressman Bill Owens told PostStar.com, “We’re not sure where they go from here, but at this point there will not be a vote on the one-year extension.”
Congressman Collin Peterson, ranking member on the House Ag Committee has said all-along he would not back the extension unless it directly leads to a conference on the next farm bill. Meanwhile conservative Republicans who oppose the proposed farm bill say they will not back any extension which might be a “backdoor attempt to conference a five-year farm bill.”
House leaders say they will come up with some type of assistance package for livestock producers hit by the drought. It is not certain if the Senate would go along with that either.