Our friends at the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) have issued the following update about the upcoming House of Representatives vote on a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. Please take action and call your representatives today!
The House of Representatives is poised to vote as soon as tomorrow, August 1st, on a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill rather than have an open debate on the new FARRM Act (H.R. 6083) passed by the House Agriculture Committee. Although there are many provisions in the FARRM Act that CFSC does not support, we strongly believe the bill deserves to be considered on the floor of the House, open to discussion and amendment, and then conferenced with the Senate Bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (ARFJA) in the regular legislative order. This can be done before the current law expires on September 30th.
The drought scorching much of the U.S. is creating real hardship for many in farm country. Both the Senate Bill (ARFJA) and the House Agriculture Committee Bill (FARRM Act) include provisions to provide relief to growers this year. The call for a one-year extension to provide disaster aid is an unnecessary delay in the serious process of crafting responsible policies farmers, ranchers and consumers can depend on.
Tell your today Representative that you want them to vote NO on the one-year extension and want them to pass a 5-year 2012 Farm Bill.
It's easy to call. You can get your Representative’s name and direct number by going to Congress.org and typing in your zip code. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard, provide your Representative’s name and be directly connected to their office: (202) 225-3121.