Farm Bill language was expected to be released as early as today, but now House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) has announced he is delaying work on his committee’s bill until April at the earliest.
Specifically, Conaway cited a desire to spend more time working with Democrats to negotiate changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) portion of the legislation that would be more amenable to them.
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) issued a statement that the current version of the new Farm Bill would knock eight million Americans out of the food assistance program with new work requirements and that the proposal, left unchanged, would doom the legislation to failure.
Conaway disagrees with that stark analysis, but does say new work requirements could lead to more Americans “self-selecting” to leave the SNAP program.
The two giants of ag policy met yesterday and Conaway reported progress. The two will continue to work together in an attempt to bring a truly bipartisan farm bill forward in the coming months.