House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota welcomed farm bill text released by the Senate Agriculture Committee. In a statement released prior to Wednesday’s planned markup of the bill, Peterson applauded the Senate for its bipartisan approach and expressed hope that the House would bring a similarly bipartisan bill to conference. Notably, Peterson says the Senate bill “avoids poison pills, stays away from ideology on SNAP,” and should be able to get the votes needed for passage.
In his statement, Peterson said the House version of the bill “doesn’t stack up” to the bipartisan proposal in the Senate. He said the House should “match their effort,” and bring forth a bipartisan bill that can get votes from both sides of the aisle in the House. The House farm bill failed last month when no Democrats voted in favor of the bill, along with Republican of the Freedom Caucus blocking passage in favor of finding an immigration resolution first.
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