The four lead members of the US Senate and House Agriculture Committees continue to meet this week, working to put together a Farm Bill palatable to both houses of Congress and the President.
Lead Democrat from the House Committee Collin Peterson says he is, at turns, hopeful. Peterson says “the four Agriculture Committee leaders met [last] week and made some good progress on farm bill negotiations.” However, Peterson isn’t confident the committee’s work will pass both houses of Congress. The Senate is likely to pass the committee’s compromises, but the House is less likely, Peterson says.
Peterson reports the final wording of the bill likely won’t be finalized until January 7 or 8, after legislators return from their holiday recess.