Legislators say while the fiscal debate has stagnated, they are making strides in avoiding the dairy cliff.
The Farm Bill is set to expire January 1st. If a new permanent or temporary agreement can't be reached-- experts predict major swings in the market for producers, retailers, and consumers. Senator Leahy says he believes a compromise agreement will be reached before the deadline.
Both he and Congressman Welch noted that a version passed by the Senate this summer would provide a long-term solution.
They also say the measure would get the necessary votes in the House if leadership allowed a vote.