WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The fate of our country’s farming on food policies is now in the hands of a select group of lawmakers. Nine senators and 47 House members from both sides of the aisle are coming together Wednesday for the first time in an attempt to bring farmers certainty.
It is called a conference committee, and this group will put their heads together to come up with a massive agriculture and food assistance package known as the Farm Bill. The legislation has to be renewed every five years. The Senate passed a widely bipartisan bill that they will bring to the table, while the House’s version was sharply divided along party lines.
The biggest difference they’ll begin hashing out this week is the requirements for food stamps. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) makes up roughly 80 percent of Farm Bill spending.
The current Farm Bill expires September 30th, so these select lawmakers have three and a half weeks to find common ground.