House Lawmakers Eye Late June for Second Attempt at Farm Bill

News / FBNews May 22, 2018

With the House’s failure to pass the farm bill last week, a second vote on the legislation will likely be pushed to late June. Meanwhile, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is said to be targeting early June for his panel to start work on its version of the measure.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said farmers across the country were quick to share their confusion and outrage over House lawmakers’ rejection of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2).

“They are facing very real financial challenges. We call on all members of Congress not to use farmers and ranchers as pawns in a political game. The risk management tools of the farm bill are too important, particularly at a time of depressed farm prices. We urge the House to pass H.R. 2 as soon as possible,” Duvall said in a statement.

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