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Grassley Renews No Farm Bill Prediction For This Year

The release this week of a Senate GOP farm bill framework may have done little to boost chances for a new five-year bill this year, according to one longtime GOP senator. Iowa鈥檚 Chuck Grassley repeated his earlier prediction, couched by the release of a Senate GOP farm bill plan.

鈥淚鈥檓 often one to say that we probably won鈥檛 be getting a farm bill this year,” says Grassley. “But I鈥檓 also first to say that farmers need a farm bill this year and the certainty that goes with it.鈥

But standing in the way, as it has for over a year, is a fundamental policy difference between the parties. Republican Grassley says 鈥淲e want more farm in the farm bill, and that鈥檚 because 85 percent of the farm bill is food stamps. And we on the Republican side say so through our framework that we clearly seek better support for farmers.鈥

Including the average 15 percent boost in reference prices for covered crops in the new Senate GOP framework, similar to the House committee-passed bill.

But Grassley concedes reigning in the Secretary鈥檚 power to update SNAP benefit levels to pay for higher crop supports remains a non-starter. Grassley says, 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know that he has the power to do what he did through the Thrifty Food Plan, but if he did, it鈥檚 still too much from our standpoint. And that鈥檚 a possible source of revenue, but it鈥檚 something Chairwoman Stabenow doesn鈥檛 want to touch.鈥

Leading Republicans to also look at the CCC as a funding source by limiting the Secretary鈥檚 discretion to spend on things like climate, which again is a big policy difference with Democrats. And despite House Republicans moving their farm bill, House GOP leaders want to tackle spending bills first, while back in the Senate, Grassley says he鈥檚 heard nothing about a date for Senate committee action.

Story courtesy of N色控传媒 News Service and Matt Kaye/Berns Bureau

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