House Will Take Up Farm Bill This Week


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says Congress will take up the farm bill debate sometime this week. The House schedule has the week’s session running from Tuesday through Friday.

The Hagstrom Report says it’s not clear yet if Republicans have the required 215 Republican votes they’ll need to pass the bill. House Democrats say no Democrat will vote for the bill because of the changes it would make to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

After a meeting with President Trump at the White House on Thursday, House Ag Committee Chair Michael Conaway says he still doesn’t have the votes needed to pass the bill. “We’ve got several folks that are still reading the bill and coming to their own conclusions, ” said Conaway. “We’ve got a lot of undecideds.”