Not that anybody in the House really cares about farmers or those that process the nations' food, but the simple fact is it will be political suicide if they continue to sit around and do nothing on the Farm Bill as they have been doing all year. Since that is the case, the House may vote as early as tomorrow on extending the status quo for a year, averting the so-called "milk cliff."
They should do themselves a favor and extend it 2 or 3 years. One year is not nearly enough time to get anything done in Washington.
The Senate did its job. It's now up to the House again:
In the final hours, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) found herself pushed aside in favor of legislative language generated by the office of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a bit player and frequent “no” vote when the Senate adopted a more comprehensive five-year farm bill last June.
McConnell’s role in the tax talks gave him immense leverage, while Stabenow was hurt by committee infighting over her efforts to write a more comprehensive farm bill extension that included changes in the dairy program.
The upshot is a victory for Southern agricultural interests with the greatest stake in a costly system of direct cash payments to often already profitable producers. In the dairy arena, giant processors like Dean Foods Co. come out ahead while the outcome is a major blow for the National Milk Producers Federation, which watched with disbelief from the sidelines on New Year’s Eve.