Responsible Thing to Do: Lawmakers have different opinions on a Farm Bill extension

Despite calls from the top House lawmaker, ag leaders have their doubts the Farm Bill will see any action before the year is over.

Committee Chair Glenn GT Thompson says speaker Mike Johnson’s timeline of getting the legislation on the floor for a vote next month is not realistic. He cites work left to do and a limited number of days to get it done.

Meantime, Ranking Member David Scott says a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill is the responsible thing to do. He says the extension will allow farmers and ranchers to operate with some level of certainty while Congress continues to iron out details of the Farm Bill that was due in September. Scott says Ag Committee Democrats are committed to passing a bipartisan bill as quickly as possible but he does not want the legislation to be rushed.