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Farm Bill Delayed in the House

Jerry Hagstrom
By  Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, told reporters Wednesday that there will not be a farm bill markup next week.

USA Rice stated on its website Conaway's decision would delay the markup to April at the earliest.

Conaway and House Democrats are in conflict over the way the nutrition title handles the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“Given the progress we’re making on negotiating to a ‘yes’ from both of us, we will not mark up the farm bill next week,” Conaway said.

That decision means that Conaway will not meet his goal of holding a markup on the farm bill in the first quarter of 2018. Conaway has said he wants to mark up a bipartisan bill, but House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has said his members cannot support the bill in its current form.

USA Rice cited that Peterson issued a statement that the current version of the new Farm Bill would knock eight million Americans out of the food assistance program with new work requirements and that the proposal, left unchanged, would doom the legislation to failure. https://goo.gl/…

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