House Ag Leaders Note Senate Progress
November 6, 2001 – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas) said today they are hopeful that continued farm bill progress from the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee could produce a bi-partisan farm bill in time to reconcile with the broad-based House-passed "Farm Security Act." Combest and Stenholm took note that Tuesday's work in committee by senators marks another in a continuing series of sessions, which could lead to a completed bill this year.
"We are encouraged by the continued work of the Senate Ag Committee, because we believe we need a completed farm bill this year. When the House Ag Committee laid the groundwork for a farm bill rewrite, we began with producers more than a year and a half ago, involving 47 hearings and thousands of hours of work with grass roots farm organizations in order to achieve broad-based backing for the Farm Security Act. Skeptics claimed the House Ag Committee could not complete our farm bill by September, so the Senate should be encouraged by the House experience that commitment and hard work can indeed produce a bi-partisan farm bill."
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