Farm Bill Text Expected Today

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Democrats and Republicans on the House Agriculture committee remain at odds with each other over the nutrition title of the farm bill. As the committee scheduled the draft release today at 12:30 p.m. ET, the bill is “in trouble,” as ranking member Collin Peterson puts it, according to the Hagstrom Report. Peterson and committee Democrats previously vowed not to support the bill because of reported changes committee leadership is allegedly proposing to the nutrition title. Markup of the House version of the bill is expected next week. Meanwhile, the Senate Agriculture Committee does not expect to markup its version of the bill this month. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says he and Ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow are working together on a bill, adding he wants to introduce the bill soon, but first wants “a good bill.” Roberts says he views any differences not as problems but as challenges, and that he and Stabenow are determined to work together.

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