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Fiscal Cliff looms

Posted: 12/13/12 08:32

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging the House and Senate Ag Committees to get a Farm Bill ready so it can be attached to any agreement to avoid the fall off the "fiscal cliff." Secretary Vilsack says once the green light is given they will burn the midnight oil to get the bill done before the upcoming growing season.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff haven't gotten anywhere, because there really haven't been any negotiations.
Fortenberry points out President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio have been negotiating through the media. He says the whole concept of Congressional procedure has shifted. Tax will rise and deep budget cuts will take effect at the beginning of the new year if Congress fails to act.

While the Fiscal Cliff debate rages on Nebraska’s Third District Congressman is fighting for rural hospitals. Adrian Smith sent a letter to Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expressing concern about the effect of stricter physician supervision requirements on rural health care providers, especially critical access hospitals. Smith’s letter was signed by 16 additional Members of Congress from both political parties.  Nebraska’s Third District leads the nation with 48 critical access hospitals.