NFU to Senate: Time to Pass Farm Bill
WASHINGTON (Nov. 13, 2007) – National Farmers Union Tuesday, in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, urged the Senate to move forward with 2007 Farm Bill consideration as soon as possible.
NFU, in a letter signed by 16 other agriculture-related organizations, said it is important to have 2007 Farm Bill programs in place as soon as possible. The 2002 Farm Bill expired nearly two months ago and the Senate is scheduled to recess Friday, Nov. 16 for two weeks.
“There are very few days remaining in the legislative calendar and farmers and ranchers need the certainty of a new farm bill for the coming year,” NFU President Tom Buis said. “Its important for the Senate to act quickly by considering only those amendments related to the farm bill.”
“While each of our organizations may have differing opinions on policy provisions in the legislation, we agree it is critically important for the full Senate to approve a bill expeditiously so a conference committee can be appointed and a final bill approved before the end of the year,” the groups wrote.