Source Says Process to Send House Farm Bill to Senate Has Begun

The House leadership started the process Monday of sending the farm-only farm bill to the Senate. Citing a knowledgeable House Republican source - the Senate would need to take the House-passed measure - H.R. 2642 - insert S.954 by unanimous consent and request conference with the House. This process is needed because the Senate bill contains financing measures - and all finance measures must originate in the House. A Senate aide said the Senate has not officially received the House bill. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow expressed concern Monday that the House Republican leadership would wait to send the farm-program only bill to the Senate until a nutrition measure is passed. She told leaders of the National Association of Conservation Districts to deliver the message to the House this week that leaders should deliver the bill, appoint conferees and prepare for a bipartisan farm bill. Stabenow told the conservation leaders the bill needs to be delivered to the Senate now so the conference can begin - as time is running short before the current bill's expiration on September 30th.

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