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Farm Bill Will Expire on September 30th


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The 2008 Farm Bill will expire on September 30, and Congress has left Washington without passing a new policy. I'm incredibly disappointed that we didn't get this done. The House Agriculture Committee passed a Farm Bill that made real reforms and reduced spending while still ensuring our farmers have a safety net to carry them through bad seasons. We found $35 billion in savings, eliminated or consolidated 100 programs, and moved it to a more efficient, market-based system of crop support. A number of reforms that I proposed are included in the bill. I'll be the first to admit that it isn't perfect--I'd like to see even more savings from food stamps. But I believe this is our best chance to cut spending and support our farmers and ranchers. When Congress returns in November, I'll continue to push for a long-term Farm Bill to give our producers the certainty they need.

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