08-02-12 *NAFB News Service* Disaster Aid Bill Gets the Votes for Passage in US House…
Posted by Brian Allmer on August 2, 2012
The House passed the disaster aid bill 223 to 197 Thursday afternoon. The bill would reauthorize Livestock Indemnity Payments, Livestock Forage Disaster Programs, Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish and the Tree Assistance Program. The disaster assistance is only authorized for 2012 and provides for payments totaling 383-million dollars. The bill is not likely to become law however – because it provides less disaster assistance than the five-year farm bill the Senate passed. On top of that – Congress leaves for the August recess Friday.
The cost of the disaster aid measure is offset by cuts to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program. The two would be cut by a total of 639-million dollars over 10 years – with 256-million going to deficit reduction.