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Farm Bill Passage This Week

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Lawmakers will consider and are expected to pass the farm bill this week, or possibly next. Long-awaited by agriculture, the farm bill will continue to provide a much-needed safety net as the industry endures a depressed farm economy. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy lists the farm bill for a potential vote this week. The last votes in the House of Representatives are expected by Thursday afternoon, with no votes Friday, according to the Hagstrom Report.

Ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson, has said he expects the House to consider the farm bill Wednesday, followed by a Senate vote on Thursday, though some say consideration of the bill could spill into next week, the final expected week of the current congressional session. Speaking to reporters last week, Peterson said “almost all” House Democrats are likely to vote for the bill.