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Published October 07, 2013, 03:55 PM

Hoeven urges congress to pass farm bill

In the midst of the government shutdown Senator John Hoeven is urging members of congress to come together to pass a new farm bill.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

In the midst of the government shutdown Senator John Hoeven is urging members of congress to come together to pass a new farm bill.

Hoeven met last week with the Speaker of the House to discuss the Farm Bill. Hoeven says his meeting with Speaker John Boehner went well, and he's hopeful there will be progress on a new Farm Bill later this week.

The previous Farm Bill expired last week. Both the house and Senate have passed versions of a new Farm Bill. Now members from each branch of congress must form a joint committee to iron out the differences in their respective bills. He says it's vital for Speaker Boehner to appoint a house committee so both sides can get to work.

Hoeven says passing the farm bill could also help with the upcoming debt ceiling, which the government will hit in ten days. Hoeven says the bill is expected to trim federal spending by 25 to 30 billion dollars a year.

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