Farm Bill Approved by Lawmakers, Headed to President’s Desk
The Farm Bill is finally headed to President Donald Trump’s desk after the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the $867 billion spending package on a 369-47 vote, according to numerous media reports. This comes one day after the Senate approved the same legislation on a vote of 87-13.
About 80% of the farm bill total goes into Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs and benefits. The legislation also expands farm subsidies and legalizes hemp production, among other things, according to The Hill.
News of the bill’s passage was immediately met with praise from numerous industry groups. “Farm policies have a major impact on the health of the agriculture economy, which is a key driver of equipment manufacturing employment. We applaud Congress on its bipartisan effort to pass this much-needed legislation and look forward to President Trump signing the 2018 Farm Bill into law,” said John Lagemann, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Deere & Co. and chairman of the Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Read more »