Senior Democrat: Stalled Farm Bill Could Move Fast After House Win
Congress may swiftly resolve a drawn-out impasse on the U.S. Farm Bill now that Democrats are poised to retake control of the legislative body, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee said on Wednesday and reported by Humeyra Pamuk on Reuters.com.
Collin Peterson, ranking member and presumptive new chair of committee, said passing the crucial agricultural legislation was going to be his top priority, with a deal possible as soon as next week during the lame-duck session.
“That’s going to be the number one goal,” he told reporters on a conference call. “My sense is this is going to get worked out (in the lame-duck session).”
The Farm Bill provides funding for an array of programs important to farmers — a crucial constituency for Republican President Donald Trump – including crop subsidies and rural development. But the latest bill, passed in 2014, expired on Sept.30 after talks over its replacement broke down.