National Milk Producer Federation Officials says its crunch time for Congress trying to come to agreement on their two priority issues, the farm bill and immigration reform. As far as immigration reform goes, it looks like next year at the earliest for possible passage. Federation’s Chris Galen says House Speaker John Boehner’s latest indications are he’ll push for immigration legislation in 2014.
Galen says there’s been a lot of positive movement lately from farm bill principal negotiators although time is against them as Congress adjourns December 13. He says if they can get it done sometime in January, that could still work.
He says however that if all they’re doing is putting off any decisions that would lead to a 12 or 24 month farm bill extension, that’s not acceptable. He says that wouldn’t be any better than reverting to 1949 permanent farm law.