Congress Passes Farm Bill

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The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The measure is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers. It does not make any significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans. Trump and conservatives had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea.

The bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp. The House vote was 369-47.

Local congressmen were spilt on the measure.

“This fix will have more payouts, better payouts, and the insurance premiums will be somewhat reduced for our smaller farmers, which or is big for Wisconsin. Not only that, if you buy the five years of coverage over the course of the farm bill, you get discounts as well. So that the program is affordable, but also pays out better for Wisconsin farmer,” said (R) 7th District Rep., Sean Duffy.  

“I opposed the farm bill, because it was a missed opportunity. It doesn’t address the twin crises that our family farmers are facing back home – over production, and therefore a plummeting of commodity prices, and the trade war that President Trump has started. … It’s not the type of assistance our family farmers need today, in order to keep their operations going,” said (D) 3rd District Rep., Ron Kind.  
 

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