With the new U.S. farm bill a month away from completion, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stopgap extension of current law to avoid the “dairy cliff” although some lawmakers called the threat of high milk prices a fiction, according to a report filed by Reuters.

The House passed the extension until Jan. 31, 2014 on a voice vote after less than 10 minutes of debate.

The Agriculture Committee said House and Senate negotiators were making “significant progress” toward a new farm law and the extension would end “panic” over a possible doubling of milk prices.