Senator Durbin wants house to vote on farm bill

By WEEK Producer

Senator Durbin wants house to vote on farm bill

June 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- The debate over the 5-year farm bill is waging on in Washington and the water is muddier than ever.

Last week, the senate passed a version of the farms bill on a bi-partisan vote.

Now, for the second time in less than a year, the bill's future sits in the house.

The main sticking points include a proposed new dairy program, farm subsidies like crop insurance and cuts to the food stamp program.

Sen. Dick Durbin says the senate version is fair and needs to be called for a vote in the house.

"This is the same bill, basically, that we passed in the senate last year. It was sent over the house, they never voted on it or offered a version of their own," said Durbin. "Now, once again, it is their responsibility. I hope the house of representatives will rise to the challenge."

"It will be a long and arduous process to talk about that and debate all the ins and outs of it. My hope is that in the end we will get a farm bill passed by the house," said Rep. Cheri Bustos.

In a statement Monday afternoon the Obama administration said it would veto the house's version of the bill because its cuts to the food stamp program are too deep.

The White House argued that the House should make deeper cuts to farm subsidies like crop insurance instead.