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FARM BILL: Congress And Senate Debate Bill

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About 50 agriculture groups rallied on Capitol Hill Wednesday.  They are urging Congress to pass a Farm Bill.

The deadline for the current bill to expire is September 30th.  The five-year measure governs everything from farm subsidies to food stamps.

The Senate passed one version of a new Farm Bill in July.  It cuts $23-billion in spending, including cuts to food assistance programs and farm subsidies.

The House bill includes most of the Senate provisions, but House leaders haven't brought it to the floor.  Some are fighting for a one-year extension of the current bill.

Senator Grassley says there is some talk of a three or six month extension as well.  He says that would be better than nothing, because if no action is taken then the nation will revert to being governed by the 1949 Farm Bill.