Farm Bill Conference Vote In House Today

Despite talk yesterday of a delay until next week, the House is scheduled to vote this afternoon to go to conference with the Senate on their respective farm bills. After the House vote, the Senate will hold its own motion to go to conference, which Sen. Ag. Chairman Pat Roberts on Tuesday said could happen next week.

Each chamber would then name conferees, but House Ag Comm chairman Michael Conaway, ranking member Collin Peterson and their Senate counterparts, Roberts and ranking member Debbie Stabenow, are expected to be the primary negotiators.

The most sharply contested difference between the House and Senate Farm Bill versions is the treatment of work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program.

The authorization of the current Farm Bill is scheduled to expire on September 30. Congress must send legislation to President Trump for his signature prior to that deadline to ensure services continue without delay or expiration.

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