House Still Refuses To Take Up Bipartisan Farm Bill, While Programs Expire In Three Weeks

The current farm bill expires at the end of September, but House Republicans are still refusing to move on new legislation that would reauthorize the programs contained in it. The Senate passed a five-year farm bill with bipartisan support earlier this year, but House Republicans refuse to even hold a vote on it. Instead, they passed a small set of patches to specific programs that both Senate leaders and farmers agree is inadequate. The House’s own version — which it also hasn’t brought to a vote — makes deeper spending cuts than the Senate bill and would gut nutrition assistance programs, kicking millions of low-income Americans off of food stamps. House Democrats, joined by farm state Republicans, are attempting to force action through what is known as a discharge petition. If the petition gets 218 signatures, House leaders would be forced to bring a bill to the floor for a vote.