DelBene named to conference committee to negotiate a Farm Bill (Bothell Reporter, October 14, 2013) Congresswoman Suzan DelBene was named as a member of the conference committee to negotiate a reauthorized Farm Bill on Friday. The House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution to enter formal talks with the Senate, and today named their conferees.
Congress just let the farm bill expire. It’s not the end of the world … yet.(Washington Post, October 1, 2013) The current Congress has been spectacularly adept at not doing stuff. They’ve passed fewer bills than any other Congress in the past 50 years. They can’t get appropriations bills finished on time. They nearly let the highway bill expire. So it’s hardly a stunner that, this weekend, the 112th Congress managed to let the farm bill lapse as well.
Federal Government Shuts Down Many Services (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, October 1, 2013) After the House and Senate failed to agree on a federal funding bill by midnight on September 30, the Federal Government began shutting down non-essential services on Tuesday.