The existing farm bill expired Tuesday because lawmakers hadn’t reached an agreement — the government also shutdown for a similar reason.
The House’s agriculture portion looks similar to the Senate’s version, but House Republicans slashed food assistance by nearly $40 billion, drawing sharp criticism from Democrats.
Reid named Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to the conference committee.