Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) on Wednesday said that the farm bill was nearing the final stretch, telling reporters that a framework is on track to be announced directly after the new year.
“We will announce it the first week of January. We've got to get final scores in,” said Stabenow. “We have a couple of things we're negotiating on now, but we're close.”
The main sticking point congressional leaders are wrangling with are nutrition cuts: $4 billion in the Senate bill compared to $39 billion in the House bill. According to The Hill, sources indicate that the final number will be closer to the Senate bill and include provisions that help food stamp recipients to stop using the program. The shape of farm subsidies, too, is still yet to be determined.