- Senate could vote to go to conference Tuesday or Wednesday
- House, Senate committee leaders set to confer
House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership will probably meet on Wednesday ahead of a conference on the farm bill, the Senate panel’s chairman said.
Senate Agriculture, Nutrution, and Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) will meet with House Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) on Wednesday to start discussions on farm bill provisions, Roberts told reporters Monday night.
“The four principals will be meeting probably Wednesday so we can sit down and go over some things,” Roberts said.
Roberts said he expects the Senate will vote to go to conference Tuesday or Wednesday, but said scheduling is up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell .
“it’s obviously important to get that done,” Roberts said.
The farm bill would reauthorize commodity, trade, agricultural research, rural development, and food and nutrition programs. Under current law (Pub. Law No. 113-79), authorizations will expire Sept. 30 or the end of the applicable crop year.
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