AGRIBUSINESS: Boehner Suggests Short Term Farm Bill Extension
House and Senate Ag Committee leaders say there’s progress on a farm bill. House speaker John Boehner isn’t buying it.
In his weekly press conference yesterday, Boehner called for a one-month extension of the 2008 farm policy to let lawmakers come to an agreement.
A vote on an extension would have to come next week before the House adjourns December 13. Boehner did not elaborate if the extension would cover the whole farm bill or just enough to stave off higher milk prices under permanent law, if it’s allowed to kick in on the first of January.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has already said the Senate won’t support another long-term extension, but even a short-term extension would need to pass muster in the Senate.