No Action Yet On Farm Bill


Despite some progress on the so-called fiscal cliff, no action was taken on what's being called the dairy cliff.

A proposal to extend the 2008 Farm Bill another year never made it to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Leaders in both parties in the House and Senate agriculture committees agreed to the one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, but the compromise did not make it to the floor of the House for a vote.

North country Congressman Bill Owens hopes the House will vote on the bill when it reconvenes Tuesday.

"It's the scenario where we need to get that farm bill to the floor," Owens told 7 News Monday.

"I'm hoping against hope that we will see that happen tomorrow as part of the overal fiscal cliff fix," he said.

Without the extension, the dairy industry reverts to a 1940s law that nearly doubles what farmers are paid for milk.

Many lawmakers say this could lead to milk that costs $7 a gallon in grocery stores.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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