May 10, 2013
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, announced the committee markup of the 2013 Farm Bill will take place Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. Savings of $23 billion over 10 years is expected for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs compared to current farm and food programs.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.) says he plans to mark-up a new Farm Bill on May 15, and the bill will reduce spending by $38 billion over 10 years versus the baseline. The cuts will be made up of $20 billion in less funding for food and nutrition programs and $18 billion less for the other titles.
Even if these two bills get approved by the respective full House and full Senate, it will likely be difficult for a joint House-Senate conference committee to develop a compromise bill that can win final approval in both.