Senate passes much different Farm Bill
Jun 30, 2018 12:20 am
Ellyn Ferguson reports in Roll Call that the Senate passed its Farm Bill June 28, without the cuts to food stamps championed by Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook). The bill passed 86-11, with both New York Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, voting in favor. Next there will be a Senate-House conference committee after Congress returns from its weeklong Fourth of July recess to work out the differences. Chief among them is the House insistence to add more work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps. The Senate bill would also, unlike the House version, legalize industrial hemp production, encourage exports to Cuba, extend the flood insurance program, and allow grazing on some conservation lands. Read the full story in Roll Call.