Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus blasted the House of Representatives today for failing to pass a Farm Bill. Baucus called on the House to take up and pass the Senate Farm bill he helped write - which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate in June.
"Failing to pass a long-term Farm Bill is completely unacceptable and irresponsible. Our ranchers are already operating with no support to recover from last year's drought because the House failed to act. And our farmers can't operate their businesses on short-term extensions - they need certainty they can take to the bank," Baucus said. "If the House can't work together to bring a bill of its own to the negotiating table, they should take up the Senate bill right away. Every day the House fails to act, is another day one in five Montana jobs is left in limbo."
The House' failure to pass a Farm Bill last year forced the temporary, short term extension farmers and ranchers are operating under today. The short-term provision expires in September 2013, and does not include disaster assistance for Montana ranchers recovering from the worst drought in 50 years.
Baucus's Senate-passed Farm Bill makes livestock disaster assistance permanent and backfills to program to cover the lapse created when the House failed to pass a Farm Bill last year.
The Senate bill would support 16 million jobs nationwide and cut spending by about $24 billion. One in five jobs in Montana are tied to agriculture.