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Harkin, Thune urge debate of new federal farm bill


The debate over the farm bill continues with just over two months until the bill converts to the last permanent law that was signed. It hasn't been altered since 1949.

Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, of Iowa, spoke before a committee on the food stamp program, which is a sticking point for a new farm bill.

Some want all able-bodied Americans off of food stamps. Harkin warned that their is a gray area for people who don't meet disability requirements, but can't work full time. He adds Congress needs to use reason when crafting a new bill. "We should also be cognizant of the fact if they have access to good food and nutrition they are not clogging up our emergency rooms. So I just hope that we can make some reasonable agreements." Sen. Tom Harkin, (D) Iowa.

U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota is also urging lawmakers to pass the farm bill. Wednesday, he restated the importance of aid for ranchers and farmers that the farm bill can provide. Thune says he's optimistic the bill will get done soon. "I think it can pass this year, it needs to pass this year and I think the question is right now what can get 218 votes in the House of Representatives," said Sen. John Thune, (R) South Dakota.

The bill is expected to go to a full conference committee, Thursday.

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