Senate refuses to extend farm law, urges House to pass bill

06/25/2013 | Reuters · Politico (Washington, D.C.)

Lawmakers pulled the Agriculture Department's budget from this week's House calendar, postponing the $19.45 billion measure that also funds the Food and Drug Administration in the wake of last week's failed farm bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate won't pass a temporary extension of the current farm law, and that "[i]f the speaker (John Boehner) took up the Senate's bipartisan measure, it would easily pass the House with Republican and Democratic votes." The House was unable to pass its own version of the bill last week that would have cut $20 billion from food stamps. The Senate version trims $4 billion from the program while proposing to save $23 billion.

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