United States Senator Chuck Grassley expects to start conversation on a new Farm Bill this month. Grassley tells KNIA/KRLS News that the ag committee chair, Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, told members of the committee that they would likely start committee discussions on the bill shortly after the end of the Senate’s Spring Break. The House ag committee is also expected to start discussing a new Farm Bill soon.
Grassley says he’s hopeful the bill would be out of committee and onto the Senate floor in May or June. Last June, the Senate passed a new farm bill with bipartisan support worth about $500 billion over five years. However, the House failed to pass a companion bill or take action on the Senate’s bill, and the current Farm Bill was extended a year.
Grassley says he doesn’t think the Senate’s bill would be much different than what they passed last year; he says it’s more likely that the House will get a new Farm Bill through this year because it’s not an election year for their members.