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Senate Ag Committee passes farm bill, sends to full Senate

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill – the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 -  on June 13 with bipartisan support. Commonly referred to as the farm bill, the bipartisan 5-year legislation encompasses a wide range of agriculture, nutrition, conservation and forestry policy. 

“The Senate Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan Farm Bill process is a reminder of how things should work in Washington – listening to the folks back home, working through issues with the other side of the aisle, then writing a good bill,” Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said in a released joint statement. “Today marks another important step in the road to getting an on-time Farm Bill enacted into law. We urge our colleagues to support this bill.”

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More than 115 agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry groups, including Farm Bureau, support the Senate legislation. The legislation now heads to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.

The House is expected to vote again on its version of the farm bill at some point through June 22. The House failed to pass its farm bill with a vote of 213-198 on May 18. The vote failed as 30 Republicans voted against the bill in an attempt to force a separate vote on an immigration bill. House Democrats took issue with the work requirements included in the nutrition section of the bill.