Monday, June 18, 2018

Congress considers Farm Bill this week

Washington--House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway finally get the House farm bill to the Senate this week, but it all depends on House Republican leaders going forward with plans to debate a pair of competing for immigration measures.

The House farm bill was defeated May 18 when a group of conservatives demanded that the House first act on immigration policy. Last week, GOP leaders reached a deal to hold votes this week on a bill negotiated with moderates and a second, favored by conservatives, that was developed by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

After the last of the immigration votes takes place, GOP leaders plan to ask the House to reconsider the farm bill and then hold a second vote to pass it, Conaway, R-Texas, said last week.

The Senate is expected to debate its version of the bill the week of June 25, sources say. That would allow House and Senate negotiators to begin work on a final version. “That would give us July, August, and part of September to get this thing done and ready to go to the president’s desk before it (the 2014 farm bill) expires,” Conaway said.

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