“If the House of Representatives wants a five-year Farm Bill … they better fish or cut bait and give up on that,” Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa told reporters. "Otherwise, he said, Congress was likely to pass a stopgap revival of the farm policy law that expired on September 30 and begin work anew in 2019 on a farm bill," Abbott reports.
Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, who is expected to regain the Agriculture Committee chairmanship in January, told The Hutchinson Leader last week that he warned Republicans four months ago that "this food-stamp stuff . . . was not going to fly. It wasn’t necessarily that I was against so much what they were doing, it was that the Senate wasn’t going to do it." He said Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, "a Republican, has been the most vehement against this in these meetings, more so than" him and Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. "He wants a bipartisan bill, and he knows he’s not going to get one if that’s in there. It looks like they will come around on that."