Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says the Senate Agriculture Committee is on track to release a bipartisan farm bill after the Easter recess. Politico says Grassley is warning lawmakers: a Republican-only bill coming out of the House would have no chance of getting through the upper chamber.
Bipartisan farm bill talks are stalled in the House amid complaints from Democrat members, on the Agriculture Committee, who say they have been cut out of the negotiating process and not been given an opportunity to review the bill’s text.
Democratic members are particularly interested in potential changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway (R-TX) has not indicated whether he will yield to pressure to share the bill’s text or if he will go ahead with a partisan measure.
Senator Grassley recently met with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts to talk about items he would like to see included in the Senate’s version of the farm bill. Grassley says the staff is starting to draft a farm bill and Roberts said he would like to start the process after the Easter recess.