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First Farm Bill Conference Meeting Set for September 5; Appropriations, Farm Bill Discussions Remain Ongoing

Friday, August 24, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The first Farm Bill conference committee meeting will take place September 5. Nine senators and 47 House lawmakers will participate. The House of Representatives is currently out of session for a district work period and lawmakers will return for legislative business September 4. Informal Farm Bill negotiations, however, are ongoing between House and Senate staff in preparation for the first formal conference committee talks. House and Senate conferees will work to reconcile differences in the two bills, passed earlier this summer, before the current Farm Bill expires September 30, 2018. Work is also progressing on multiple appropriations bills ahead of the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The Senate recently passed its version of the USDA-FDA appropriations bill , which would authorize nearly $122 billion in mandatory spending and more than $23 billion in discretionary spending. The House Appropriations Committee in May passed its version of the legislation, but it still awaits floor consideration and a full chamber vote.

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