Eric Cantor confirms farm bill vote in lame-duck

By Agri-Pulse staff

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2012-  House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., committed to holding a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill following the Nov. 6 election during a campaign stop today in Boise, Idaho for Rep. Paul Labrador, R-Idaho.

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According to a report from the Idaho Statesman, Cantor said “I'm committed to bring the issue to the floor and then to see a way forward so we can get the votes to pass (a bill).”

He said he delayed bring the farm bill to floor before the October recess because “we don't have the votes on the floor.”

Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich,  issued a statement in response to Cantor's remarks that she is “very pleased to hear that Majority Leader Cantor is now committed to bring the Farm Bill to the floor immediately after the election.”

“America's farmers, ranchers, small businesses and 16 million Americans employed in agriculture desperately need the certainty and disaster relief the Farm Bill provides,” she said.

Stabenow added that the Senate “passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that reforms farm programs and cuts $23 billion in spending.”

“I hope our colleagues in the House of Representatives will follow that lead with a bipartisan approach to this legislation,” she said. “It is critical that we are able to finalize the Farm Bill before the beginning of next year when farm programs begin to expire, which would impact milk and food prices for families."

 

Correction made: 10/26/2012 

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