Where is the 2018 Farm Bill?

We’ve made a handy chart to track the farm bill through the committees, on the floor of the House and Senate, and eventually to the President’s desk. Orange and yellow shaded boxes indicate steps that have already happened; un-shaded boxes are steps that haven’t happened yet but must happen before the farm bill becomes law. You can hover over the boxes for more information. You can also check out our printer-friendly version here.

Senate

House of Representatives

Introduced to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry

June 8, 2018

Introduced to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry

6/8/18 – Bipartisan bill preserves much of 2014 Farm Bill structure, adopts key FBLE recommendations, and leaves room for improvement

Senate Ag Committee Markup

June 13, 2018

Senate Ag Committee Markup

6/13/18 – Amendments, including changes to loan limits and Sodsaver expansion, added to bill text; Grassley amendment to close ”actively engaged” loophole absent because of procedural barrier

Senate Ag Committee Vote

June 13, 2018

Senate Ag Committee Vote

6/13/18 – Bill passes out of Ag Committee on 20 to 1 vote, with Grassley voting against

Consideration by Full Senate

June 27, 2018

Consideration by Full Senate

6/27/18 – Adds amendments, including Grassley amendment to close “actively engaged” loophole

Senate Votes

June 28, 2018

Senate Votes

6/28/18 – S. 3042 passes with bipartisan 86-11 vote

Introduced to House Committee on Agriculture

April 12, 2018

Introduced to House Committee on Agriculture

4/12/18 – Partisan H.R. 2 would cut SNAP, conservation, and small/local farm programs

House Ag Committee Markup

April 18, 2018

House Ag Committee Markup

4/18/18 – Amendments, including “King Amendment,” added to bill text

House Ag Committee Vote

April 20, 2018

House Ag Committee Vote

4/20/18 – Bill passes out of Ag Committee on party-line vote

Consideration by Full House

May 17, 2018

Consideration by Full House

5/17/18 – Adds amendments to further cut SNAP
6/21/18 – House reconsiders H.R. 2, unchanged since prior vote

House Votes

June 21, 2018

House Votes

5/18/18 – H.R. 2 fails 198-213 without Democratic or Freedom Caucus support
6/21/18 – H.R. 2 passes 213-211, still without Democratic support

Conference Committee

August 1, 2018

Conference Committee

7/18/18 – House names 29 Republican conferees, 18 Democrat
8/1/18 – Senate names 9 conferees

Reconciled Farm Bill Sent Back to Each House

December 10, 2018

Conference Report

12/10/18 – Conference Committee release final Conference Report

Senate Votes

December 11, 2018

Senate Votes

12/11/18 – H.B. 2 conference substitute passes with bipartisan 87-13 vote

House Votes

December 12, 2018

House Votes

12/12/18 – H.B. 2 conference substitute passes with bipartisan 386-47 vote

President Signs or Vetoes

Farm Bill Becomes Law