Farm Bill Passes Senate, Heads to Conference
This week, the Senate voted for the Farm Bill to head to conference, where conferees from the Senate and the House will meet to come up with a compromise between the House and Senate Farm Bills. I am already busy meeting with members of the conference, as well as Agriculture Committee leadership from the House and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, to come up with legislation that will pass in both the House and Senate.
Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Farm Bill with a vote of 86-11. This was a historic vote, our bill received more votes than any other Farm Bill at this stage. I am pleased this important legislation, which provides certainty and predictability for farmers, passed with such strong bipartisan support. I will continue working to ensure the 2018 Farm Bill becomes law before the current legislation expires in September.
This month, I also discussed the Farm Bill with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. During our meeting we also discussed the agriculture economy and trade.