Leahy Named As Senate Conferee On The 5-Year Farm Bill

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday afternoon was named as one of four Senate Democratic conferees on the 5-year Farm Bill.  The Senate and the House now have passed their separate versions of the bill.  Senate and House leaders hope to forge a final compromise bill soon after Labor Day.

Leahy is a former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a principal architect of past Farm Bills.  He also is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Leahy said it is even more important now for Congress to send a final Farm Bill to the President’s desk, with farmers in Vermont and across the nation coping with the economic fallout of the budding trade war with many of America’s principal export markets.

Leahy noted that there are stark differences between the Farm Bills passed by the Senate and the House.  The Senate bill is bipartisan and does not include the House’s punitive provisions to cut or limit food assistance to struggling families who are helped by such programs as SNAP.

Leahy said:  “Every Farm Bill is important to Vermont, and as we go to conference, Vermont will continue to have a front-and-center seat as this final Farm Bill is written.  Farmers need certainty as they make their plans, and we must not drag out the process of completing this Farm Bill.  That would only add to the uncertainty that they are facing every day.”

Here is a LINK to a summary of the Vermont Highlights in the Senate’s Farm Bill: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/062918senatefarmbillsummary

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