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October 25, 2018

Lawmaker Says Farm Bill Compromise Is Likely After The Election

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

While lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on the farm bill before the fall recess, Representative Rodney Davis says compromise is likely following the election.

“We've got opportunities to still remain talking [throughout the recess]. The problem we have is we’ve got an election, two weeks from today and unfortunately many of my colleagues, a lot of good friends of mine that I served with on the House Ag Committee, decided not to legislate when it comes to this bill,” he told AgriTalk host Chip Flory. “I believe it's all going to politics.”

Once the election is over and it’s clear which party will control the House of Representatives, Davis says compromise will be easier.  

“I think cooler heads and calmer heads will prevail when we get back to Washington and the elections are over,” he said. “I think at that point in time we can see some movement.”

While lawmakers are on recess, Davis is quick to point out that at the highest levels and at the staff levels, work continues on finding farm bill compromise.

“You know the four tops, [Mike] Conaway, Collin Peterson, Chairman Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, their teams have been meeting on a regular basis,” he said adding that the “four tops” have also met during the recess. “I don't think we're that far apart. I know Chairman Conaway his perspective and he's put some good compromises on the table.”

According to Davis, disagreements go well beyond SNAP benefits.

“There are things that we disagree with still on the commodity side and with some conservation issues,” he said. “But more so, on the regulatory issues. Issues like the waters of the U.S. are regulatory issues that we address in the house bill, that [aren’t] in the Senate. It's not just a fight on SNAP that the national media wants to say it is.”

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