December 14, 2007
December 14, 2007 - U.S. lawmakers in the Senate and House have agreed on a plan to extend 2002 Farm Bill programs until March 2008 to make sure there is no gap in funding as the Congress works to produce a 2007 Farm Bill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (Minn.) said Wednesday he was hesitant to agree to such a lengthy extension but relented after senators convinced him it would be for the best.
While Peterson said he favored extending only 17 programs recommended by the Congressional Budget Office, he said senators wanted the entire law extended until March 15 to ensure that nothing "slips through the cracks."
Peterson said he expected the farm-bill extension to hitch a ride on the fiscal 2008 omnibus appropriations bill that Congress must clear before it quits for the year.