Senate unveils farm bill, leaves food stamps alone

June 08, 2018 - 4:11 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Agriculture Committee has released a bipartisan farm bill that makes mostly modest adjustments to existing programs and, unlike the House version of the bill, doesn't pick a fight over food stamps.

The Senate bill, dubbed the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018," is budget-neutral and aims to renew subsidy, conservation, nutrition and commodity programs set to expire on Sept. 30.

The bill will go to the committee for a vote next week and sets up a possible confrontation with the House, whose bill went after the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The House bill failed to pass last month when a group of conservative lawmakers blocked its passage over an unrelated immigration bill. The House is planning to take up the bill again sometime this month.