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Farm Bill seems likely to pass by the end of the year as part of year-end budget package

It seems likely that a new Farm Bill will pass by the end of the year, Harwood Schaffer and Daryll Ray of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center at the University of Tennessee predict in their latest “Policy Pennings” column. 

The big sticking point is proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

The House version of the bill includes work requirements for some able-bodied SNAP recipients, while the Senate version doesn’t.

But House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway, R-Texas, may want to get a bill passed before Democrats take control of the House in January, forcing a compromise on the issue, Catherine Boudreau reports for Politico.Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, also wants a bill, and predicted this week that a compromise measure could be attached to a year-end government spending deal that must pass by Dec. 7, Boudreau reports. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that passing the Farm Bill this year is a priority for him because of the Senate version’s hemp-legalization provisions.

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  1. Robert King says:

    We highly doubt the Farm Bill will be passed. Potential dates and or progression towards completion have been publicized before only to be blunted by egos.Unfortunately in the opinions of the vast majority of individuals we are in contact with we expect a continuous unwillingness to compromise at the expense of tax payers and those who trust our elected officials. It appears that there has been little urgency to get the bill passed which will transcend into future ballots not being cast for those involved in a slow, painful process which has only produced false/misleading announcements pertaining to potential benchmark dates of signing. No more will this be either believed ir tolerated. We are beyond dissatisfied.

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