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Farm bill lapses due to Congressional inaction

from NSPS

Congress quietly allowed the current farm law to expire this past weekend despite House Republicans' hopes they would come to a consensus and pass a reauthorization ahead of the September 30 deadline. The expiration was blamed on discrepancies between the House and Senate, as well as the parties over key provisions, including most prominently a House provision to attach work requirements to the food stamp benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). While there was talk of a short-term extension, a stop-gap measure ultimately was not brought to the floor before the lower chamber recessed ahead of the November 6 midterm elections. A number of top negotiators have argued Congress' real deadline is not until December as the majority of baseline programs remain funded until later this year. more

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