The House debates a bill this week that’s intended to get kids drinking whole milk at school, while GOP congressional leaders continue trying to find a deal that could tie border security measures to funding for Ukraine and Israel.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow expects to have $4 billion to $5 billion in new funding available to address issues with commodity programs and expand crop insurance options, she said in an exclusive interview with Agri-Pulse.
Rep. Jim Jordan, a long-time budget hawk who’s consistently voted against farm bills, won the GOP nomination for House speaker on Friday, but like Steve Scalise before him he still has to win over dozens of his Republican colleagues.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise won his colleagues’ nomination to move up to House speaker, but he still has to win over some hardline conservatives loyal to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, or risk another protracted election on the House floor.
The chaos among House Republicans isn’t the only hurdle facing a new farm bill. Senate Republican Whip John Thune, R-S.D., says the Senate Ag Committee remains divided over key issues, including what to do about the major commodity programs.