Via Devin Henry at MinnPost, Kyle Potter at Forum Communications reports in Peterson: Farm bill talks close, bill heading for January vote:
After months of doubt, the top House Democrat in ongoing negotiations says lawmakers are a near a deal that would pave the way for passing a farm bill in the next month.
. . .Crucially, Peterson said the negotiators have agreed on how much to cut from food stamps – one of the largest sticking points between the House and Senate. Peterson declined to provide a number, but said the deal hews “substantially closer to the Senate’s” targeted cuts of $4 billion over the next decade rather than the House’s bill, which would slash $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
. . . “I think it will pass the Senate, but I cannot guarantee you it will pass the House,” Peterson said in a meeting with the Forum’s Editorial Board Monday. “They are not going to be happy with the food stamp cuts.”
Peterson said he’s confident he can secure “yes” votes from at least half of the House Democrats – important if many Republicans, who control the House, balk at the smaller-than-expected food cuts to food stamps.
Missing an opportunity to punish the poor? That's got to hurt.
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