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Farm Bill ‘Ball’ in House Court



(NAFB)--Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow told reporters Tuesday she is waiting for the House leadership to respond to the receipt of the Senate farm bill, call for a conference and appoint conferees. Her hope is that conferees will be appointed before the August recess. Last week - after receiving the farm-program only farm bill from the House - the Senate substituted its bill and sent it back to the House. Stabenow said the House needs to formally object to the Senate bill and appoint conferees to work out the differences. While Stabenow said the Agriculture Committee leaders of both chambers have met - she pointed out there’s a limit to what they can do before a formal conference is called and conferees are named.

Currently - Stabenow said the committee leaders are talking through the differences in the commodity title. She doesn’t believe replacing permanent law makes sense for the future of the farm bill. Stabenow also said the Senate will insist on a comprehensive bill that includes nutrition. Without the nutrition title - she said the farm bill can’t make it through the Senate or be signed by the President.  


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