Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is certain a bipartisan Farm Bill will pass by the Sept. 30 deadline.
During a conference call last week, Brown said the Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill with 86 votes that he said secured “key victories” for Ohioans.
“This is a farm bill. It’s a food bill. It’s a jobs and economic development bill,” he said. “It’s a research bill. It’s a rural broadband bill.”
The problem comes from the U.S. House of Representatives, which he said passed “an entirely partisan bill.”
“There has never been this kind of division between the two bills, because Farm Bills are almost always, as far as I can remember, always in both houses bipartisan ventures,” Brown said. “The differences are often regional. They’re rarely partisan. This time, the House made it partisan.”
The current Farm Bill expires Sept. 30, but Brown said he is optimistic the House will “come around mostly to the Senate version of bipartisanship.”
“We, of course, are willing to make some changes,” he said. “I don’t want to compromise what we’ve done on conservation, because I think we’ve done some really great things.”
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