House Ag Committee Chairman gives his thoughts on the Farm Bill passage
WASHINGTON - The United States House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday and now it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.
The legislation passed the House by a vote of 369-47 and had already passed the Senate by a vote of 87-13.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas hosted an audio news conference Thursday to answer questions about the bill.
One question asked was about the SNAP program and how there were no changes made to it. Conaway said he’s okay with that.
“I had the awful choice of letting the farmers and ranchers be held hostage to the better policy on SNAP, but in my judgement I couldn’t do that. I used them as leverage as best I could, but I think they and my senate colleagues knew all along that I was going to work until the end to get as good of deal as I possibly could on the non-SNAP titles. We didn’t do any harm to SNAP, in fact we improved it with program integrity issues we put in place.”
Conaway said he was very pleased Democrats and Republicans could come together and get the bill passed.