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Farm Bill expired Sunday


WASHINGTON D.C. (WXOW) - The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, better known as the Farm Bill, expired Sunday.

The bill, which provides various levels of support for farmers and ranchers, passed the senate, led by Democrats, on a bi-partisan vote.

Some of the House Republicans said they don't want to take action on the bill until after the November elections.

Some House Democrats don't agree.

"Basically, it's a safety net for those (dairy) producers to make sure we don't lose the production. And, the reason we do this is not, as some would argue, to give them subsidies or bail them out. It's to make sure that the milk supply remains constant and that the prices at the supermarket remain there," said Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.

House Speaker John Boehner said some people believe there's not enough reform in the bill, others believe there's too much.

Thus, when Congress returns after the election, they'll deal with the bill, he said.

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