House Committee to Move Quickly on Farm Bill

As FAM predicted (, the House Agriculture Committee gears up for passage of its bipartisan Farm Bill not long after the congressional session resumes on July 9.

The 557-page measure, called the Farm Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FFARM) Act, has many of the same provisions as the Senate version (S 3240), which passed that chamber in late June.

For instance, the proposal, unveiled by the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), includes Senate provisions to reign in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) abuses that provide food stamps to thousands of ineligible families.

The most contentious FFARM provision will be the proposed $16 billion cut in SNAP funding - nearly triple the proposed Senate cut of $4.5 billion.

A committee source tells FAM that the leaders want to finalize the bill during a business meeting on July 11, and quickly get the measure to the full House for debate. Once the measure passes that chamber, leaders from the Senate and House committees are expected to work together to devise a
palatable SNAP cut. The two committees have been working closely on the Farm Bill for two years and want to see the law renewed this fiscal year, the source tells us.

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