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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 25, 2013 1:49 AM Flag

    Reid warns House that Senate won't take up a short-term farm bill extension

    Reid warns House that Senate won't take up a short-term farm bill extension

    By Ramsey Cox - 06/24/13 12:16 PM ET

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Monday that the Senate would not take up a short-term extension of the farm bill.

    “The Speaker should dispense with the drama and the delay, and take up the Senate farm bill now,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “I want everyone within the sound of my voice — as well as my colleagues on the other side of the Capitol — to know that the Senate will not pass another temporary farm bill extension.”

    Reid’s remarks came a week after a surprise vote in the House in which Republicans couldn’t muster enough votes to pass their own farm bill that would have cut the food stamps program by more than $20 billion.

    “Speaker Boehner has a hard job. That was obvious last week when the House Republicans revolted on the farm bill,” Reid said. “His bill went down in flames.”

    Reid said it was the first time since the farm programs were created in the 1930s that the House hasn’t been able to pass a farm bill.

    House Republicans quickly blamed Democrats for not supporting the bill, but Reid said it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Democrats wouldn’t support a “mean spirited bill” that “eliminated 8 billion meals for hungry American families and children.”

    The Senate again passed a bipartisan farm bill, which reduces spending levels by $24 billion — $4 billion of which are cuts to food stamps.

    “If the Speaker took up the Senate’s bipartisan measure, it would easily pass the House with both Republican and Democratic votes,” Reid said. “There’s no shame in passing a bill that moderates from both parties can support.”


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