The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $383 million drought-relief package last week. But the Farm Bill, passed by the Senate, offers more drought assistance and is stuck in the House.
Colorado's Senator Michael Bennet was in Grand Junction on Friday and addressed the Farm Bill. He said the bill is needed to help Colorado farmers facing the worst drought since 2002. The Senate passed the bill with bi-partisan support but the House was unable to come to a decision before its five week break.
"It is the only bi-partisan debt reduction that any committee has done in the United States Congress," Senator Bennet said. "We've got rhetoric for two years or three years about how we have to reduce the deficit. Well, here's a bill where Democrats and Republics together moved beyond the rhetoric and actually created deficit reduction because people in farm country said we need to do our part."
Bennet says he's committed to pressuring the House to pass the bill which he says the farmers of Colorado basically helped write.
Both Senator Udall and Congressman Tipton also support the Farm Bill.