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Congress passes appropriations bill that extends farm bill

by Jay Stone

Posted on Nov 16, 2023 at 18:12 PM

By Jay Stone

On Nov. 14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6363, (the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024) a funding bill that included an extension of the 2018 farm bill until fall 2024.

“We are grateful Congress passed a farm bill extension to avoid serious program disruptions and we encourage President Biden to sign it,” American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said. “However, we urge both the House and Senate to stay focused on a new, modernized farm bill that recognizes the many changes and challenges of the past five years. The current farm bill was written before the pandemic, before inflation spiked, and before global unrest sent shock waves through the food system. We need programs that reflect today’s realities. So much work has been done by the agriculture committees in both the House and Senate over the past 18 months to prepare to craft a smart and effective farm bill. Congress must keep that momentum going.”

The bill passed in the House by a 336-95 margin. Georgia Democrats Sanford Bishop (2nd District), Hank Johnson (4th District), Lucy McBath (7th), David Scott (13th) and Nikema Williams (5th District) joined Republicans Rick Allen (12th District), Buddy Carter (1st District), Drew Ferguson (3rd District), Barry Loudermilk (11th District), Richard McCormick (6th District) and Austin Scott (8th District) in supporting the measure.

The Senate passed the bill by an 87-11 count on Nov. 15. Georgia Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock each voted in support.

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