“While we were hopeful the farm bill would not be split, nor permanent law repealed, we will now focus our efforts on working with lawmakers to deliver a farm bill to the president’s desk for his signature by September,” Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C., said in a statement.
Conservative groups were critical that the House didn’t cut some programs even more.
“Rather than take advantage of the blank slate of a split bill to improve the bill’s operation or trim its cost, House Republicans have instead passed a bill that cuts $1 billion less from agriculture programs than the bill passed by Senate Democrats, and $25 billion less than the cuts proposed by the Obama administration,” R Street senior fellow Andrew Moylan said in a news release. R Street is a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C.
Note on correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the programs included in the nutrition title the farm bill.