Sun Dec 30, 2012, 05:35 PM
QED (739 posts)
Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow indicated that the House could vote on the extension as early as Sunday evening, though House leaders have not yet agreed to put it on the floor. In addition to the one-year extension that has the backing of the committees, the House GOP is also considering two other extension bills — a one-month extension and an even smaller bill that would simply extend dairy policy that expires Jan. 1.
Expiration of those dairy programs could mean higher prices at the grocery store within a few weeks. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Americans face the prospect of paying $7 for a gallon of milk if the current dairy program lapsed and the government returned to a 1948 formula for calculating milk price supports.
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday afternoon that Republican leaders had not decided how they would proceed on the farm extension. Boehner has pushed back on passage of a new five-year farm bill for months, saying there were not enough votes to bring it to the House floor after the House Agriculture Committee approved it in July. The Senate passed its version of a farm bill in June.
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Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices (Original post)
Response to QED (Original post)
Sun Dec 30, 2012, 06:37 PM
DallasNE (4,324 posts)
1. This Stuff Isn't Rocket Science
So what is the big deal that Republicans can't grasp the concepts and sign off on a bill? It makes no sense that stuff never gets bedded down where failure to act results in going back to formulas signed into law by Harry Truman in his first term.
Response to MindPilot (Reply #2)
Sun Dec 30, 2012, 06:43 PM
moman (30 posts)
3. Yeh but...
They'll be safe in the knowledge that they live in a country that can destroy the world six times over!And am sure will happily agree that in order to maintain that distinction,no money can be axed from the bloated "defense" budget!
Response to RobertEarl (Reply #4)
Mon Dec 31, 2012, 12:36 AM
jeff47 (20,466 posts)
5. You seem to be confused about how our system works
Obama can't veto bills that haven't left committee. They have to do that, then pass both houses of Congress.