Deadline Approaching
6:14 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Farm Bill in Limbo

Congress has less than two weeks  to act before the current farm bill expires.

Dozens of federal programs are included in the bill -- everything from  crop insurance to food aid for the poor.

Spending on food aid is one of the reasons that House Republican leaders have refused  to call the measure for a vote. U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is among  many farm-state politicians of both parties who have been  critical of that decision.

“There is a Tea Party group in the Republican caucus that is hell-bent on eliminating nutrition programs and food-stamp programs at a time when many working families are struggling to keep groceries on the table,” Durbin said.

House  Republicans  passed a more limited, temporary measure mainly intended to  help  livestock producers. But Democrats -- and many farm-state  Republicans -- say it's not enough.

Thanks to Illinois Public Radio