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Many steps remain before a new Farm Bill can pass

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On the heels of a Capitol Hill rally, members of the House Agriculture Committee, including South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem, are trying force action on a new farm bill.

"We're trying to build momentum on Capitol Hill - and at the grassroots level - to get people speaking to members of Congress, telling them the importance of passing a 5-year farm bill," said Noem. 

If the bill does pass the House, there are still several steps before it reaches President Obama's desk.

First, the House's farm bill and the version approved by the Senate Ag Committee in July must be reconciled by a conference committee.

This committee will be comprised of members of both the Senate and House.

Right now, one of the biggest disparities, between the two bills is over food stamps.  The Senate wants to cut $4 billion.  The House wants to cut $16 billion.

When the two chambers of congress reach a compromise, both the Senate and House of Representatives will vote on it.  Only then will the president be able to decide whether to sign it.

The current farm bill expires in 17 days.

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