House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway met with the Republican caucus Friday morning and outlined his farm bill proposal. The Democrats on the agriculture committee are opposed to Conaway’s plan for SNAP and the nutrition title, but North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer says that’s not the case on the Republican side of the aisle. “The Nutrition Title with the SNAP reforms are very popular. They are popular with voters; 77 percent favorable among Democrat voters and 95 percent favorable among Republican voters.” Depending on the vote count, the farm bill could be heard on the House floor in mid-May. Red River Farm Network farm broadcaster Carah Hart asked Cramer if Conaway has the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus. “I don’t know that the caucus en bloc would vote for it, but they don’t all have to vote for it. We heard from their chairman, (Representative) Mark Meadows, he doesn’t see any reason to not vote for the farm bill. Conaway is doing very well in securing the conservative votes.”
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