One member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D), will be one of 29 members of the House side of a conference committee to begin negotiating with the Senate on differing versions of the Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill has been held up for a year as partisan games in the House have kept chances for bipartisan compromise with the Senate in limbo.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement following the House appointing members to the farm bill conference committee:
“I am pleased to see that the House has finally taken action that will move the farm bill closer to completion. There is a lot of work to be done and this is a long-awaited announcement.
“I hope the conferees will consider the needs of all family farmers, ranchers, consumers and hungry Americans throughout its deliberations, and ultimately present a five-year, comprehensive bill with an adequate safety net that can be supported by both houses of Congress and by the president for adoption before the end of the year.”