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"Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said that he and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) may soon be ready to announce the date of farm bill markup in the Senate. “Deborah and I have been meeting this week, and we’ll continue that through next week,” Roberts told reporters today. “I think we’ll have a date to announce by next week when we’ll have a markup, and leadership on both sides of the aisle have indicated they will make [floor] time.“ Roberts emphasized that the Senate is working on bipartisan legislation, in contrast with House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway’s farm bill. The fate of that bill, which will be debated by the full chamber later this week, is largely dependent on gaining enough votes from GOP lawmakers. President Donald Trump is not expected to veto a farm bill, Roberts said, despite reports last week that he was considering such an action if the measure didn’t include stricter work requirements for certain food-stamp recipients. Work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program were discussed, in terms of what is in the House bill and what may be included in the Senate bill, Roberts said. “That subject did come up in our conversation last week,” Roberts said, in reference to a meeting he attended at the White House with Conaway and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “[Trump] did not indicate that would be helpful.“ The Senate version is not expected to include that language. “Again, this is a bipartisan effort in the Senate. We have to get 60 votes,“ Roberts added."

Posted May 15th, 2018