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We Need a Farm Bill Now

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. DONNELLY of Indiana. Madam Speaker, I rise today to request the House of Representatives be allowed to vote on the 2012 farm bill. With many of the provisions of the previous farm bill set to expire on September 30 and with only 13 legislative days scheduled between now and then, we cannot afford delay.

Whether it's from Mother Nature or market prices, our farmers face an incredible amount of uncertainty. We cannot allow this Congress to be another cause for concern. Farmers in Indiana and throughout our country don't have time for political games. They have a Nation and a world to feed and an economy that relies on them to be all-star performers and to increase productivity every single year.

Mr. Speaker, bring the farm bill to the floor now. If not, let's stay here through all of August, all of September, all of October, all of November, and all of December until we get this work done. There is no excuse for not having a vote on the farm bill. We need a farm bill now.

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