Farm Bill Conference Vote Could Be Delayed

The U.S. House was expected to vote Thursday on a motion to go to conference on H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. However, the vote could get pushed back to next week due to the absence of Ag Comm ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) who needs to be back in his district that day.

Lawmakers have discussed holding the vote Wednesday or pushing it to Monday in order to accommodate Peterson and Democrats who want Peterson at the vote.

The House and Senate are still far apart on how to settle the differences related to work requirements
for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps. The House bill includes requirements that the Senate will not accept and so far, House Republicans continue to insist that the requirements stay in the bill.

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