South Dakota Senator John Thune says the farm bill likely won’t be completed by the end of the year. He says based on conversations he’s had with House Speaker John Boehner that a short term extension is the best opportunity now for passing the measure.
Thune doesn’t call it a failure that conferees aren’t able to finish the farm bill this year. He says progress is being made and differences are being narrowed with the biggest hurdles yet to overcome, cuts to the SNAP program and the dairy provision.
Thune’s take on a farm bill extension differs however from Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow who says she won’t support any type of extension.