Stabenow 'optimistic' on drought assistance to farmers

Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she is optimistic Congress will pass disaster assistance for farmers facing a record drought if the House doesn't approve a farm bill.

The Lansing Democrat and chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee said she's been working during the congressional recess to try to get the House to act on farm reform legislation.

She was in Washington in meetings on the farm bill before coming to Charlotte, N.C., to take part in an event honoring female senators Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

"I am very hopeful that the House will act on the farm bill. If not, I am optimistic we'll get a disaster assistance bill through," Stabenow said in interview after speaking at a meeting of Michigan delegates.

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