South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson says the House needs to get with it and pass a five-year farm bill. Johnson told reporters Wednesday that the stand-alone livestock disaster proposal the House will vote on Thursday is not the way to go…
“The Senate has shown how it can be done. The Senate passed a five year farm bill with overwhelming bipartisan support which includes and pays for livestock disaster assistance programs.”
The House disaster bill will need a two-thirds majority to pass. IF it does pass, it would go to the Senate where Senate Ag Chairman Debbie Stabenow is pushing for full reauthorization of a new five-year farm bill.
Johnson says, “I think that the Senate Democrats will go along with the chairman.”
House leadership dropped its proposal to extend the current farm bill with a disaster aid package in favor of a $383 million disaster aid package for immediate drought relief for livestock producers.