The Hill article The Trump administration is poised to unveil its 2018 farm bill this week, but lawmakers have been scrambling to get it done before lawmakers leave for the Memorial Day recess.
The farm bill would help farmers, ranchers and other producers who would be hurt if the bill does not pass.
The Senate passed the bill in December.
The House passed the farm bill last year, but the chamber must now approve the bill and President Donald Trump must sign it into law before it becomes law.
The Trump White House says the farm plan is still dead.
“The farm bill is dead.
The president is vetoing it,” Trump said on Thursday.
He has already vetoed it.
The president also took a swipe at Congress, saying it’s “un-American” to pass a farm bill that is “not working.”
“The fact is, we don’t get paid very well for that farm bill.
It doesn’t work,” Trump told reporters at a news conference at the White House.
“I’m not going to do that.
It costs money and it’s not good for the country.
It is very, very bad for farmers, and we are not going do that.”
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the administration has already started working on the bill.
“We have already started a series of work-around and transition programs to help producers and ranchers to transition into new farming,” Perdue said in a statement.
The USDA has set up a transition office to help transition ranchers.
“Many ranchers are currently transitioning into new agricultural operations, including transitioning from farm operations to more sustainable systems that require fewer pesticides, feedlot runoff, and chemicals, and less fertilizer and herbicide,” the statement said.
“To help ranchers transition into this new and sustainable world, the USDA has created a Transition Coordinator for the agricultural workforce to provide technical assistance, coordination, and support to ranchers transitioning to a more sustainable farming system.”
Perdue added that USDA has “no plans to implement additional mandatory reporting requirements for the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which would increase the costs of certain AMS products.”
The AMS says its cost-saving measures would help consumers.
“All of our products are certified organic, and there is no evidence that any of our foods are contaminated with any harmful substances,” AMS spokeswoman Katie Kline said in the statement.
“AMS is also committed to providing our food producers with the tools and support they need to effectively transition into the new, sustainable agricultural system.”
Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that he will end the “globalists,” has been pushing to cut government spending, especially food stamps, since he took office in January.
Trump’s budget proposal calls for cutting $8 billion from food stamps.
But in a tweet on Thursday, Perdue defended the proposed cuts, saying they would “help families and communities who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).”
The Agriculture Department is in the midst of implementing a transition plan that would help rancher transition to more organic farming.
“As part of this transition, the Department of Agriculture will also begin a Transition Coordination Center to assist ranchers in transitioning into more sustainable agricultural systems,” Peryear said in his statement.
Trump has previously suggested he could consider using the Farm Bill to help farmers.
“President Trump has already made clear that he plans to take action on the Farm bill,” Performe said in an earlier statement.