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Houses Passes Farm Bill, Senate Set to Vote This Week

Monday, June 25, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The House of Representatives last week passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill in a 213-211 vote, following defeat of the measure in May. The bill passed only with Republican support, as Democrats opposed the legislation’s stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients. Provisions of concern to Meat Institute members – country-of-origin labeling, date labeling, industry structure and GIPSA, among others – were not included in the House farm bill.

The Senate, meanwhile, is expected to hold a procedural vote this evening to begin debate on its version of the legislation, after it cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier this month. The Senate bill, unlike the House version, does not make major changes to eligibility rules for food stamps or impose new work requirements on recipients. Meat Institute staff will work with the Senate Agriculture Committee ahead of the vote to encourage passage of a bill that does not contain amendments of concern for Meat Institute members. The Senate legislation is expected to pass with bipartisan support.

Once the Senate passes its version of the legislation, both bills will then be sent to conference, where members of the House and Senate will work to resolve differences in the two bills. The current Farm Bill expires September 30, 2018.

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