The U.S. House of Representatives have passed the emergency drought relief bill. It now goes to the Senate for a vote.
As for the farm bill? It may have to wait until after recess.
The biggest snag has been food stamps, which Congressman Smith says makes up for 80-percent of the farm bill… a large growth over the last four years.
“We’re not even proposing changing qualification”, Congressman Smith says. “We’re just saying there needs to be assurance of needs rather than automatic qualifications”.
Congressman Smith says he’s keeping an open mind to get a farm bill done. He wants to keep his options open, but says it’s a good opportunity to tighten spending.
Senator Ben Nelson released a statement shortly after the passage of the bill, expressing the disappointment at the House.
“This is truly the ‘Kick the Can Down the Road Congress”, Nelson says. “They keep making the can bigger, and each time Congress just kicks it farther down the road”.