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Roberts Doesn't Expect Farm Bill to be Ready by Sept. 30
USAgNet - 09/27/2018

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said he does not think a final draft of the farm bill to be ready for a floor vote by the September 30 deadline.

According to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, Roberts says it will be tough to see action completed on a completed package before the November elections.

He told Politico that he does not want to consider extending the current farm bill because it gives people the chance to weigh in again and delay the negotiations, making an agreement a bigger challenge.

Roberts says the conference committee remains on of the hang-ups in the nutrition title of the bill. The House version includes work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that is not welcome in the Senate and would prevent a farm bill from passing the chamber.

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