The Republicans have 222 seats in Congress, while the Democrats have 213. In the Senate, there is a 50-50 split. A shift in just a few seats in either chamber next year would change party control. will determine which party has the majority. “With those margins so close, both the House and the Senate could flip,” said Luther Markwart, executive vice president, American Sugarbeet Growers Association. “We’re seeing what’s happening in the House right now; when you’ve got such thin margins it’s oftentimes difficult to govern and it makes putting a farm bill together rather difficult.” Markwart says sugar policy will again likely be a point of contention during the farm bill debate. Listen to the full interview.
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