Congress reaches tentative deal on farm bill

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Siouxland farmers may have an answer to the farm bill question sooner rather than later.

Leaders of the House-Senate Conference Committee announced they’ve reached a tentative deal on the bill. 

Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow said after months of negotiations, the leaders of the House and Senate Conference Committee have finally reached a deal on a new farm bill.

“We have a diversity of farmers. They are all benefited by this farm bill, and then we make sure that families, our seniors who need some food assistance and children are able to get the support they need when they need it,” Stabenow said.

The deal comes almost two months after the previous farm bill expired.

Stabenow said lawmakers were stuck on a number of issues, including new work requirements for the food stamp program, and at the last minute, a republican measure that would roll back some environmental regulations on logging, a reaction to the California wildfires.

“We ended up in a good spot. This is a very balanced approach,” Stabenow said. 

Stabenow would not go into details on the compromise because she says there is still work left to be done. 

“We have to make sure that it all adds up with the Congressional Budget Office, and so we are doing that right now,” she said. 

Texas Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar said it’s about time.

“The assistance we provide to our ag folks and the reform that we provided is something that we need,” Cuellar said.

He also said farmers can’t afford to wait any longer.

Both House and Senate will need to pass the legislation before the end of the year, or lawmakers will have to start over when the new 116th Congress is seated in January.

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