Lawmakers are not sitting still during this recess period, but are making progress on the farm bill, according to Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts.
None of the 12 titles of the farm bill are completed, but Roberts says the commodity title is close to being finished. However, Ranking Senate Ag member Debbie Stabenow reported that she and House Ag leader Mike Conaway remain at odds over moving funding around in the commodity title. Conaway allegedly wants to move a small amount of funding from Midwest-based crops to cotton.
The so-called “Big Four” leaders of the conference committee, Senators Roberts and Stabenow along with Representatives Conaway and Collin Peterson, are waiting for review by the Congressional Budget Office before forging quickly ahead, according to Roberts.