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Senate Ag Chairman Roberts Aims for Farm Bill Draft by Sept. 5
USAgNet - 08/30/2018

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said lawmakers made progress on the farm bill's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program language after leaders of the House and Senate agriculture panels met this week. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) told reporters some real progress was made on the measure (H.R. 2), including the nutrition title.

According to Bloomberg, the full farm bill conference committee will hold its first public meeting Sept. 5. Lawmakers will be racing the clock to get the new farm bill enacted by the Sept. 30 expiration date of the current farm law. The farm bill has 12 titles, including commodity, conservation, and nutrition programs.

Roberts' remarks came a day after a leader in the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative and libertarian House Republicans, said it won't back down from its demands for more work requirements for recipients of aid under SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

The House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders met for several hours to discuss the measure and the four lawmakers are working through things, said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

A completed draft conference report to present at the first full conference meeting is the goal, said Roberts. But he said they still have a ways to go.

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