Farm Bill Frustration: Lawmakers are irritated by the slowdown on the process

A lot of moving parts in Washington are keeping an extension from happening as quickly as some would hope, including gridlock of the appropriations process.

Despite an extension of the 2018 Farm Bill, ag leaders across the country are pushing to get a new one in place. However, a lot of moving parts in Washington are keeping that from happening as quickly as some would hope, including gridlock of the appropriations process.

“In the last 13 months, we’ve only spent eight hours on appropriations. This is a major responsibility for the Senate and the House and the President to get this right every year. We are now six months behind,” said West Virginia GOP Senator and Appropriator Shelly Moore Capito.

House Ag Committee Chair GT Thompson has said he wants to get the new Farm Bill on the House floor by March, but that depends on lawmakers working together to get other issues presented and passed.

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