The Senate Agriculture Committee is almost ready to introduce their version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) reached a deal in principle this week on the remaining sticking points of the legislation and a markup has been scheduled for June 13, 2018.
Representative Stabenow called the bill a balanced proposal that reflects bipartisan compromise. The Senate version of the bill will not enhance work requirements for recipients of the federal food stamp programs. Such provisions were included in the House version of the bill which caused Democrats to pull their support for the bill.
The Farm Bill is a legislative priority for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who promised to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote before the end of the month.