Despite Vote, Cochran Hopeful House Will Pass 2013 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted down its 2013 farm bill:

“The agriculture community and our economy need the certainty that comes with a five-year farm bill.  We face a September deadline to provide that certainty, and I am hopeful the House will still be able to come back and pass a bill that can be responsibly conferenced with the farm bill passed by the Senate.”

The House farm bill failed, 195-234, on Thursday.  With a bipartisan 66-27 vote on June 10, the Senate approved a farm bill that reduces spending by $24 billion, and eliminates more than 100 programs, while reforming and updating others.  Current federal agriculture programs are operating on a short-term extension that expires Sept. 30.