Farm bill negotiations resume as the House mulls a short-term extension

Farm bill negotiations resumed between the top leaders of the Agriculture committees on Tuesday afternoon, as the House prepares to move a short-term extension of the 2008 bill.

Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOn The Money: GAO to investigate Trump aid for farmers | Bloomberg calls for bolstering Dodd-Frank | Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes GAO launches investigation into Trump aid for farmers Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), and Reps. Frank LucasFrank Dean LucasHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Bipartisan bill to secure election tech advances to House floor Hillicon Valley: Doctors press tech to crack down on anti-vax content | Facebook, Instagram suffer widespread outages | Spotify hits Apple with antitrust complaint | FCC rejects calls to delay 5G auction MORE (R-Okla.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) are trying to come to a framework deal on farm subsidies and food stamp cuts for the House-Senate conference committee to consider before the House leaves for recess on Friday.

The slow progress on the farm bill has GOP leaders in the House preparing an extension of the expired farm bill, which ended Oct. 1, through January. Without an extension, milk prices could spike in January.

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Stabenow said she is opposed to any extension, and the Senate would not pass it.

“Chairman Lucas and I are working in good faith to produce a conference report that's good for farmers, ranchers and families. A one-month extension through January could allow direct payments to continue for another year. That's absolutely unacceptable and will not pass the Senate. I urge House leadership to keep the House in session next week so we can get this done by the end of the year," Stabenow said through a spokesman. 

Agreement on food stamp cuts might be closer than agreeing to the exact shape of commodity subsidies. The Congressional Budget Office has been scoring a new approach to price-based supports based on historical acreage. Because it has not been tried before, lawmakers are closely examining the implications of going to the new system, Lucas has said.