The farm bill has been put through its paces over and over, but soon it may be wrapping up, according to the Washington Post. The heads of both House and Senate agriculture committees are nearly ready to speak on the form the bill will take; an aide told the Washington Post that the announcement was scheduled for this week, but would likely take place next week instead.
The slight postponement of the farm bill is possibly a result of the other major legislative wheels in motion at the moment, including the extension of unemployment insurance and the increase in the federal minimum wage — both Democrat led initiatives. Agriculture Committee Chairman, Debbie Stabenow, of the Senate, told the Washington Post that whenever the farm bill eventually reaches its final form, it will be “one of the bipartisan highlights” of this year.
The farm bill has a number of important policies tied up in it, including 16 million jobs in the agricultural industry — including the often cited milk industry. Perhaps most significantly for poorer families is the farm bill’s effect on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — more commonly referred to as food stamps.