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Maura Bennett Farm Bill Update
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: July 19, 2018

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The House of Representatives has voted to send their version of the 2018 Farm Bill to a conference committee.

The in conference, the time when the House and Senate will reconcile the differences between their two bills, will begin.

Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway spoke with reporters shortly before the vote.

“Today will take the next step in moving the Farm Bill process forward and that is passing a motion to go to conference. The conferees will be named here shortly. So this is just that next step that’s got to get done. We’ll then wait Senate action to do the same thing.”

Conaway was asked with August recess coming soon how much they could realistically get done.

“We’ll see, it depends on how soon the Senate moves. I;m told that in the past they’ve been able to move very quickly on their next step which would be to move to go to conference.

One of the key issues will be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senate bill doesn’t contain the controversial work requirements that prompted every House Democrat to oppose the bill. "To say absolutely 'no' to any kind of reforms to SNAP is unsupportable," Conaway explained.

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