Durbin calls on House to pass farm bill
8 months ago
The Senate passed a bipartisan bill earlier this summer
Farmers and agribusinesses in Illinois and across the country already reeling from this summer’s drought will face months of increased uncertainty if the House of Representatives doesn’t pass a farm bill before Congress adjourns at the end of the week, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday.
The Senate passed a bipartisan bill earlier this summer that would end direct payment of subsidies to farmers and consolidates other programs, reducing spending by about $23 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
“Sadly, the House, under Republican leadership, has been unable to pass a farm bill and unwilling to call the bipartisan Senate farm bill,” Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, said at a news conference outside his Springfield home.