Congress is operating under open rules again, which opens the amendment process. Torrey Advisory Group Executive Vice President Tara Smith says that could complicate the farm bill process. “If the House moves forward with the farm bill under an open rule, it’s going to be really tough,” said Smith. “It’s going to mean a lot of amendments and I think we can expect a lot of those amendments to come after crop insurance.” House Republicans have one of the smallest majorities in history, making it even more difficult for passage of the farm bill. “In the last couple of farm bills, we’ve had fewer than 20 Republicans who have bailed and voted against a farm bill. We don’t have 20 Republicans to lose on this farm bill which means you’re going to have to pull some Democrat votes to get this across the finish line.” Smith was featured at the NDSU Crop Insurance Conference in Fargo.
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