Compromise on Farm Bill Tentatively Reached

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A tentative agreement has been reached on the Farm Bill, ending a stalemate over how the federal government will dole out $400 billion in funds for farm subsidies, food stamps and conservation efforts. The lawmakers said the details of the bill could change depending on completion of cost analysis and legislative language. Congress, which authorizes the Farm Bill every five years, needs to pass the bill before the end of the year to ensure that crop insurance and other agriculture programs continue to operate.  

The biggest debate that has stalled its authorization has been over food stamps, as the House Republicans pushed additional strict work requirements for "able bodied" adults seeking to benefit from the program. The Senate opposed such measures. According to the Washington Post in an article published Thursday afternoon, lawmakers had scrapped House plans to impose further work requirements on SNAP recipients in order to pass the bill.

November 30, 2018 - 1:12pm
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