It’s a key week for the 2018 farm bill. House and Senate staff and principal negotiators are trying to bridge differences in time to pass a compromise bill back through both chambers and get it on the president’s desk by the end of the month, when the current law expires.
Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation farm bill adviser, remains optimistic after last week’s only required public farm bill meeting of House and Senate negotiators.
Walmsley echoed comments from last Thursday by Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts, who cited a pathway to overcome the most nettlesome House-Senate difference over tightened food stamp work requirements in the House bill. He says the key drivers for a farm bill remain: the clock and the need.
Walmsley said progress has been made in weeks of behind-the-scenes talks. He says Congressional Budget Office cost-scoring may be needed on some items, but if those are the types of issues outstanding, there’s reason for optimism to complete a farm bill by the end of September.
Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasters