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Reid Reintroduces Senate "Placeholder" Farm Bill


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reintroduced the five-year farm bill approved by the full Senate last summer, but is no specific timetable on its consideration.
Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) she is committed to convening a Senate Ag Committee mark-up as soon as possible. The legislation introduced by Reid will be used as a placeholder for whatever language comes out of the Senate Ag Committee during the 113th Congress. 
Reid’s decision to put the farm bill near the top of the list of things to do in 2013 is good news for America’s dairy farmers, according to Jerry Kozak, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) president and CEO.
“Reid’s decision recognizes that the dairy policy reforms contained in the bill, along with other provisions in the measure, passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support last summer,” Kozak said. “The bill’s Dairy Security Act will give farmers a better safety net while reducing taxpayer costs at a time when Congress is searching for ways to trim federal spending.