Local lawmaker speaks out about farm bill

By WEEK Producer

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- As we approach the year anniversary of the expiration of a five year farm bill, Congress is no closer to reaching a resolution.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is in central Illinois as Congress is not in session.

She says the House and Senate still have very different versions of the farm bill and to her knowledge no conference committee has been formed to reach a solution.

The main issue with the farm bill is the food stamp program.

Nonetheless, she is confident a five-year farm bill is possible.

"All the members of congress are back in their own districts. In my case, I am talking to farmers everywhere I go. It is the same message and that is do your best to get a five-year farm bill through. No other progress while we're all back in our districts," said Rep. Cheri Bustos, (D) 17th District.

Most recently the senate passed a comprehensive farm bill including food stamps and the house has not brought it for a vote.

Congress will resume its session after Labor Day.

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