WASHINGTON D.C. (RNN Texoma) - The House of Representatives has passed a massive Farm Bill. It’s already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.
The measure is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers. It does not make any significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.
Conservative Lawmakers had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea.
The bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp.
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is praising the bill’s passage, saying in part, "I am especially pleased this legislation includes my provisions that will enable farmers to graze on CRP lands after a wildfire, help young Americans begin careers in farming and make it easier for Oklahomans to repair fence lines damaged in disasters like wildfires. "
Inhofe is calling the bill a win for farmers, ranchers and the American Tax Payer.