With time running out for passing a 5-year Farm Bill, extending the current bill is the option being considered and Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says while he would prefer the U.S. House pass a 5-year Farm Bill, if that’s not possible he supports an extension.
“At the end of the day all I get to vote on is a one year extension, then a year like this you have to support it,” said Johanns.
The former Secretary of Agriculture and current member of the Senate Agriculture Committee also tells Brownfield that extending the bill does not diminish the work of the Senate.
“That work is not lost,” Johanns said. “Our work will not go away, we’ve got a good Farm Bill, I think a lot of things in that Farm Bill are a step in the right direction, so we’ll just keep working and my hope is we get a five year bill.”
Ohio’s 18th District Congressman Bob Gibbs, a member of the House Agriculture Committee did not support the House version of the Farm Bill but he says he will support the extension.
“I support the extension because we have to have a Farm Bill,” Gibbs said. “I think that will be the vehicle for the conference, I think the five year Farm Bill will really be written in conference.”