January 18, 2020

Farm Bill Developments; Appropriations; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill: Senate Process

Pete Kasperowicz reported yesterday at The Hill’s Floor Action Blog that, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), less than a day after the Senate stalled on the Paycheck Fairness Act, called on senators Wednesday morning to come together to pass a five-year farm bill, which could take up several weeks of time on the Senate floor.

“‘I know there are a number of Democrats and Republican senators who wish to offer amendments to this legislation,’ Reid said of the farm bill, S. 3240. ‘I have confidence in the leadership of Sen[s.] [Debbie] Stabenow [D-Mich.] and [Pat] Roberts [R-Kan.]. I look forward to working quickly and cooperatively to pass a bill that creates jobs, cuts subsidies and reduces the deficit while protecting American farmers.’”

Mr. Kasperowicz added that, “‘Congress must give farmers the certainty they need to keep this industry thriving,’ [Reid] said. ‘This measure will create jobs and cut subsidies, and includes important reforms to make farm and food stamp programs more accountable and more defensible.’”