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Chambliss sounds off on farm bill

March 15, 2008

Cordele -- With the spring planting season right around the corner, many south Georgia farmers have been growing frustrated over failed negotiations regarding the 2007 farm bill.

The 2002 farm bill was extended for the third time this week while the House and Senate slowed negotiations amid veto threats over extra spending in the bill. Saturday we spoke with Senator Saxby Chambliss, R- GA, who says he is confident the 2007 farm bill will be passed next month.

"We've been dragging our feet, but unfortunately, we're not seeing leadership coming out of the other side that I hoped we would see on the issue of getting this farm bill done. We are now taking the bull by the horns. My staff is working closely with Senator Tom Harkin's staff now to craft a farm bill with a number over the budget baseline that we've been told we're going to have. And we're going to write that farm bill, and I hope the House will join us," said Chambliss.

The 2002 farm bill was set to expire last September. President Bush has asked Congress to pass the five-year $280 billion farm policy reauthorization by April 18th.

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