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Reid says Senate will not extend farm law
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:44:01 PM »

Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend current farm law if Congress can't agree on a new farm bill before adjourning next week.

House leaders have reserved space on their agenda this week for extending the current law until the end of January. Lawmakers fear that milk prices might rise sharply if dairy subsidies expire Jan. 1.

The House and Senate have passed separate versions, but with widespread differences over crop subsidies and how much to cut food stamps.

House Speaker John Boehner said last week that the House should extend the current law while negotiators seek a compromise. But Reid balked at that plan.

"Let them vote on it. We're not going to do it," he said Tuesday.

Some senators fear an extension relieves pressure to get a deal. The Senate Agriculture Committee, led by Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, tweeted Tuesday, "We don't need an extension -- we can get this done this week."

In a separate tweet, the committee said a short-term extension could allow subsidies called direct payments to continue. Those subsidies are paid to farmers whether

Then don't do it Reid.

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