In the month since the House and Senate passed their competing versions of the farm bill, the path forward is no clearer. Seven Democratic Senators have been appointed to a conference committee to negotiate differences in the two chambers’ bills. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), however, will not name conferees until he and Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) forge “a consensus on the nutrition bill.” A reauthorization of the food stamp program was stripped from the House bill in order to gain passage; the House had previously rejected a bill that included both agriculture and nutrition policies.


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