Republican Congressman Don Bacon, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, expects the deal reached to make it through both the House and the Senate to President Trump.
“I think we have all the major issues in agreement with the leaders in both the Senate and the House, Republican and Democrat,” Bacon tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And there are some areas I wish we could have done better on, but that’s the nature of our system. We have to compromise to get stuff through the House and the Senate.”
Bacon says he had hoped negotiators would not strip work requirements for food stamps from the bill. Senate leaders, though, say the bill didn’t have a chance of passing the Senate with the House requirements in the bill.
Bacon insists they weren’t burdensome.
“We were going to ask for folks to either work 20 hours a week or take 20 hours of training or a combination thereof if they didn’t have small children or they weren’t senior citizens or didn’t have a handicap,” Bacon says. “And we have record low unemployment right now and we have more job openings than people trying to fill them, and I just think it was right for the individual, because it would get them a full-time job, but that’s also good for our country. But we couldn’t get that through the Senate.”
Bacon says there’s bipartisan sentiment to reach an agreement now.
“I would say that there were some of the Democrats wanted to get this Farm Bill done, because they didn’t want to start over in the next Congress and some of the more conservative Democrats feared what it would look like. So, there some of the ones really pushing to get this done in our Agriculture Committee.”
Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has confirmed an agreement has been reached on the Farm Bill.
It had appeared the Farm Bill would pass by the end of September deadline, but the deadlock over the work requirements, conservation, and even forestry provisions in wake of the deadly wildfires in California hung up negotiations between the House and Senate.