UPDATED 6:34 PM PT — Thurs. June 28, 2018
The U.S. Senate votes to approve next year’s farm bill, despite big differences with the House version of the measure.
Among other provisions, the half a trillion dollar legislation renews vital farm subsidy programs, which were set to expire at the end of September.
Both chambers of Congress will now meet to reconcile both bills, given key provisions of the house version –including work requirements for food stamps are absent in the Senate bill passed Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell said the 2019 farm bill is too important to keep farmers and their families waiting, in a tweet just before the vote.