WASHINGTON, April 24 – Despite assurances from several Senate sources this afternoon that tomorrow’s Senate Agriculture Committee markup would go on as scheduled, Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow postponed the meeting.


Her announcement comes after 34 farm organizations sent a letter to Committee leaders late Monday, asking to postpone the effort, and after bipartisan support for the commodity title started to unravel Tuesday night. For a copy of the letter, click: http://www.agri-pulse.com/Farm-groups-postpone-farm-bill-markup-04242012.asp


Stabenow issued the following statement regarding the postponement of tomorrow morning’s farm bill mark-up.


“The Agriculture Committee has made significant progress and have bipartisan agreement on the bulk of the Farm Bill.  We are committed to continuing to work together in a bipartisan way as we come to agreement on a few outstanding issues.  This is a bill that impacts 16 million jobs and a huge sector of America’s economy, and it is important that we move prudently to create the best possible product.”


Ranking Member Pat Roberts also issued a statement on the postponement:


“I support Chairwoman Stabenow’s decision to postpone the Farm Bill mark-up scheduled for tomorrow morning. Significant bipartisan progress has been made on many sections of the bill. Just a few issues remain to be worked out. I have given the Chairwoman my commitment to getting this job done. I’m confident the Committee can move forward in a bipartisan manner in the near future.”


A new date and time for the rescheduled hearing will be announced shortly, Stabenow said.




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