September 20, 2012 House passes continuing resolution on farm bill
From CQ Today Online News, Sept. 18, 2012: The law currently governing the nation’s farm and food aid policy now seems destined to expire at the end of this month, with congressional leaders opting to delay a fight over how to reauthorize those programs until after the elections…Barring last-minute developments, this means the 2008 law (PL 110-246) will expire Sept. 30, because the House goes into recess at the end of this week and will stay out until after the Nov. 6 elections. This would be the first time since 1973—considered the starting point for the modern era of farm policy—that a farm bill will have expired. Major activities authorized in the farm bill, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), would continue. Legislation to keep the federal government funded until March 27 includes money for SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.
The House passed the continuing resolution last week, and the Senate is expected to clear it this week. However, international food aid, agricultural trade and rural development programs would expire, as would the Milk Income Loss Contract program that provides dairy-price support. Congress is expected to take some action in the post-election session in order to keep a 1940s farm law from taking effect and significantly raising crop and dairy subsidies. An extension or a new farm bill is needed by Dec. 31 to prevent that from happening.
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