House Farm Bill Extension Would Hurt Farmers and Economy, Undermine Conservation Efforts
On Friday, July 27, the House Rules Committee posted the text of a one-year extension to the 2008 Farm Bill. In our earlier post , we noted that we strongly oppose a clean extension of the Farm Bill, given that the bill would allow many critical programs expire. Unfortunately, the bill posted on the Rules Committee website tonight is far worse than a clean extension. It is a dirty extension. It does not extend many of the most important food and agriculture reform and economic renewal programs and it cuts more than $760 million from mandatory conservation programs. Moreover, it spends another $5 billion on direct payments that both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees agreed to terminate. To add insult to injury, we are told by House sources the extension would be offered under a closed rule, meaning that leadership would not allow members to offer amendments. The b...