Washington, DC - In his weekly address to the nation released on Saturday, President Barack Obama again called for passage of a new Farm Bill, just as he did during a speech on Friday after lawmakers finally approved a continuing resolution to fund and reopen the government.
A new Farm Bill is among his top three priorities for his domestic agenda, the President said.
After listing "a balanced approach to a responsible budget" as his first priority and immigration reform as his second, President Obama said:
"Third, we should pass a farm bill--one that America’s farmers and ranchers can depend on, one that protects vulnerable children and adults in times of need, and one that gives rural communities opportunities to grow and the longer-term certainty they deserve."
It was the same language he used during his speech on Friday. The legislation that funds the government through January 15, 2014 includes provisions noting that all entitlements under the 2008
Farm Bill should be continued "at the rate to maintain programs levels
under current law." The previous extension of the Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30.
*White House video