Stabenow also pointed out the shrinking timeline and lack of agreement on proposed nutrition cuts that lead the House to defeat the full farm bill in the first place.
"I don't understand the thinking in the House leadership in putting forward something that I'm not even sure can pass the House, certainly cannot become law and just creates another barrier to our getting the farm bill done," she said.
"It's getting in the way of a serious discussion, and frankly, in the end without a farm bill all the reforms we have put in to tackle fraud and abuse in the nutrition title will go away. So for those who want reforms, they need to support a farm bill."
As time winds down for lawmakers to move on the farm bill, some are calling for drastic measures to keep moving on what little momentum the bill has.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, in a July 30 letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, called for lawmakers to forego August recess until the work was finished.
"The current Farm Bill is living on borrowed time. With only nine legislative days in September, Congress should not take its August recess without completing a comprehensive Farm Bill," he said.
Braley said continued delay of the farm bill will reduce critical investments and production, and it will hurt the bottom line for farmers and consumers. Stabenow agreed, noting an "all or nothing" attitude of many lawmakers indicates uncertainty that another extension could be passed.
Some lawmakers, she said, are against any form of extension because it would likely fund direct payments, a provision that has been eliminated from the last two Senate farm bills. But with the House only in session for nine days upon their return from August recess, the future doesn’t look promising.
"This is going to be a very difficult discussion if we don’t get this done," she said.