- In addition to passing a two-year budget deal, the House has also approved a temporary farm bill that would avert a potential doubling of milk prices by extending the current law until January 31.
- The idea is to give negotiators more time to formulate new long-term legislation that would end "direct payment" subsidies to growers, cut food stamps and extend subsidized crop insurance.
- However, the stopgap bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate, as Democrats oppose it. If the legislation does fail, dairy subsidies would revert to the terms of an underlying law from 1949.
House OKs stopgap farm bill
Dec 13 2013, 04:56 ET