With a full congressional calendar and the continuing resolution for agriculture appropriations expiring in mid-January, James Callan Associates President Jim Callan says it will be a challenge for lawmakers to meet that deadline. The appropriations process has been divided into two tracks which complicates the ability to secure the floor time needed for a farm bill. “I did meet with the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, ‘G.T.’ Thompson, and I asked him about his previous sentiment which was to hold off on the farm bill until the appropriations process had cleared itself and he’s now saying he’s not going to wait for that; he wants to introduce a Chairman’s Mark in January with the idea of getting floor time in January, but he’s only going to do it if he has the floor time scheduled and he has to work with the leadership to get that done.”
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