Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is urging her party’s negotiators to throw another big piece of legislation into the mix during fiscal-cliff talks.
Her suggestion: Look at the Senate-passed farm bill, S. 3240, according to spokesman Ben Becker.
Bloomberg Government analyst Robert Greene laid out the logic for this earlier this month in a BGOV insight ,which explains that the legislation that Stabenow shepherded through the Senate offers savings of $23.1 billion over 10 years and deals with food stamps in a way that have already passed muster in one chamber.
For Stabenow, the bonus would be to un-stick legislation that’s languished since summer.
Though the Senate passed its farm bill by 64-35 in June, the House has yet to vote on a full-scale agricultural policy bill. A measure approved by the House Agriculture Committee in July, H.R. 6083, hasn’t been brought to the floor. Republican leaders have said it doesn’t have the votes to pass.