House Farm Bill Clears Committee

The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday advanced its farm bill along party lines over the protests of Democrats who were critical of the legislation and the process the panel used to write it.

The measure contains a change allowing “canned, dried, frozen or pureed” products in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The change has been sought by MWFPA in conjunction with the American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition.

The 26-20 vote was a crucial step forward for the Republican-backed bill, H.R. 2. The timing for moving the bill to the floor remains unclear as the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act will be taking up time on the floor in the coming weeks.

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