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Some in Congress look to pass farm bill after delay announcement

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner officially confirmed Thursday that there will be no vote on the 2012 Farm Bill before the November elections. The House agriculture committee passed a bi-partisan farm bill last June. And the Senate approved a farm bill last spring. Boehner told reporters the full House would deal with it after the elections.

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Julie Grant
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The farm bill deals with the array of grant, insurance and loan programs that help farming communities in New York and around the country. An even larger part of the bill pays for food stamps and other government programs to help lower income families. This has become controversial in debate over the farm bill this year.

The current farm law expires at the end of this month. Lawmakers in farm states, including Congressman Bill Owens of New York, are calling for House action on the bill. The Hill newspaper reports Friday morning that a bipartisan group of lawmakers  has emerged since Boehner’s announcement yesterday – and are launching an eleventh-hour effort to get the bill passed.

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