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First Farm Bill Conference Meeting Set for September 5; Appropriations Deadline Nearing

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

Congress is back in session today following district and state work periods. The first Farm Bill conference committee meeting will take place this Wednesday, September 5. Nine senators and 47 House lawmakers will participate. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) last week announced progress had been made on some of the bill’s 12 titles, including language related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also referred to as food stamps – one of the legislation’s most contentious issues. 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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