The House narrowly passed the farm bill on Thursday, clearing the way for the chamber to bring its legislation into negotiations with the Senate.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he understands concerns about American impacts of the trade dispute with China, but the issues at hand still need to be addressed.
The Trump administration is escalating its trade actions against China. Trump is threatening to impose another 200 billion dollars in tariffs if China refuses to change its practices.
The House is expected to take up two immigration bills this week, and one could involve provisions impacting farm labor.
President Donald Trump announced $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods last week, leading to worry of what retaliatory tariffs could do to U.S. agriculture.
The Senate farm bill reported out of committee earlier this week could still be in line for some changes by Republican members of the Senate Ag Committee.