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Tue September 18, 2012
Farm Bill in Limbo
Congress has less than two weeks to act before the current farm bill expires.
Dozens of federal programs are included in the bill -- everything from crop insurance to food aid for the poor.
Spending on food aid is one of the reasons that House Republican leaders have refused to call the measure for a vote. U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is among many farm-state politicians of both parties who have been critical of that decision.
“There is a Tea Party group in the Republican caucus that is hell-bent on eliminating nutrition programs and food-stamp programs at a time when many working families are struggling to keep groceries on the table,” Durbin said.
House Republicans passed a more limited, temporary measure mainly intended to help livestock producers. But Democrats -- and many farm-state Republicans -- say it's not enough.
Thanks to Illinois Public Radio
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