ABA urged the lame duck Congress to extend the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 into the 113th Congress in order to provide for a more robust debate of all farm bill policies that impact farmers, bakers and consumers alike. ABA cited the need for adequate and necessary time to debate all farm bill programs in a transparent and open process. Rushing a new five year farm bill through a lame duck Congress at the expense of transparency would not only be a disservice to bakers across the country, but to the hundreds of thousands of baking industry employees who are directly impacted by the farm bill.
While members of the House of Representatives who are on the Agriculture Committee are very familiar with a new five year farm bill, the vast majority of the House has not been focused on myriad policies within the farm bill and have instead been focused on major issues impacting the country, including the fiscal cliff. Forcing a farm bill through Congress now would be irresponsible as it would not allow for each member of the House of Representatives to carefully consider agricultural policies.
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