Speaker John Boehner confirmed this morning that the House of Representatives will not vote on the 2012 Farm Bill in advance of current farm law expiring on September 30, 2012.
"I'm extremely disappointed that House Leadership refused to allow a vote on the Farm Bill before adjourning for the election. Members of both parties came together to pass a Farm Bill in the Senate, and members of both parties came together on the House Agriculture Committee to pass a bill. It is wholly unacceptable that House Leadership has blocked that bill from consideration by the full House," said Owens. "In light of this decision, I urge House Leadership in the strongest terms to put the Farm Bill that the House Agriculture Committee passed up for a vote when Congress returns in November."
Congressman Owens joined Members of Congress from both parties last week in writing to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, asking for his attention to the Farm Bill. The legislation, which renews expiring federal farm and food programs, is critical to New York agriculture. The House Farm Bill was approved with a strong bipartisan vote, 35-11, in Committee on June 11, 2012.