Farm Bill moves to ‘contested negotiations’ in Congress

The U.S. Senate passed a motion on Tuesday night to move the Farm Bill to conference, kicking off potentially contested negotiations between House and Senate confeerees.

 The conferees are members responsible for ironing out the differences between the House version of the Farm Bill reauthorization and then bill that the Senate passed separately. Likely the most contested aspect of the Farm Bill will be over the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP work requirements that were added to the House version of the bill, but absent from the version of the reauthorization that the Senate passed. The work requirements will tie food stamp access to hours worked. Republicans in the House overwhelmingly supported the initiative, whereas Democrats unilaterally voted against it.

 But the time is ticking for conferees to iron out their differences and send a bill to the president’s desk to be signed into law since the reauthorization must


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