January 24, 2020

Chairwoman Stabenow Notes Farm Bill Activity on Senate Floor

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Ag. Comm. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) indicated that procedures for starting a conference committee on the Farm Bill should begin this week.


Farm Bill; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill Issues

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow called on House Republican leaders Monday to begin talks promptly on their pared-back farm bill rather than wait for the House to act on a separate nutrition and food stamp package later this month or in September.

“‘I’m calling on [Speaker John Boehner] to send us what was passed on Thursday so that we can begin to go to conference,’ the Michigan Democrat said. Stabenow described herself as ‘pretty stunned’ last week by comments by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suggesting talks might have to wait until after the nutrition bill is voted on.” [See specific remarks by Rep. Cantor on the House Floor from last Thursday at this page of the Congressional Record.]

“‘We’re anxious to go. I am very concerned that the process begins this week,’ Stabenow said in a conference call with reporters. ‘We have only six legislative weeks before the current farm bill extension expires. … There’s no reason to wait or delay the process anymore.’”