Trump dislikes farm bill but no veto threat

Source: Marc Heller, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018

The White House isn’t happy with the five-year farm bill moving through the Senate this week — but it’s not threatening to veto the measure.

In a statement of administration policy today, the White House complained that the bill “lacks meaningful regulatory reforms” and rejects the administration’s proposed cuts to conservation programs.

In addition, the White House said, the bill — which was crafted in bipartisan fashion — doesn’t go far enough in adding work-related requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an approach endorsed by House Republicans and the administration.

“The Administration is concerned that the bill does not incorporate any of the conservation program changes proposed in the FY 2019 Budget that prioritized funding for programs that have shown positive outcomes while eliminating funding for those programs with limited outcomes,” the White House said.

Specifically, the statement cited a proposed increase in some conservation programs and increased acreage caps for the Conservation Reserve Program, as well as an introduction of new programs.

The Senate began consideration of the bill today, substituting the House’s bill number (H.R. 2) for the Senate’s (S. 3042). Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has said he’ll need about two days to pass the bill.

Senators have filed dozens of amendments. An agreement on which will be considered is forthcoming.