Reid Disappointed with Time Wasted on Farm Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans are forcing the Senate to move at a snail's pace on the farm bill - legislation he says would create jobs. He says 30 hours post-cloture have been wasted on the bill. He charges the Republicans have too often killed job-creating bills in the hopes of hurting President Obama. Just last week - Senators voted 90 to 8 to end debate on the motion to proceed to the farm bill. Reid complains that despite that vote - Republicans were opposed to agreeing to the motion to proceed by unanimous consent - requiring 30 hours to expire before the motion is adopted. Reid expressed disappointment with the time spent on procedural hurdles - saying we shouldn't have to run the clock when that many Senators agree the bill should move.
Reid also notes the farm bill would save 23-billion dollars - which goes along with the GOP's desire to reduce the budget deficit. He adds the bill would end direct payments to farmers and reforms the federal food stamp program - and would help provide clarity of federal policy for U.S. farmers that would help them maintain their export dominance.
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