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Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., urged the House Monday to begin the conference process of a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) with the Senate.

“We’re ready to go to conference with a bipartisan bill that we passed twice,” Stabenow said. “We want to do it this week.”

The House approved, on a partisan 216-208 vote, its bill July 11, which would strip the nutrition program from the rest of the farm policy legislation. The House bill also seeks to repeal the 1949 and 1938 permanent laws, which are considered major strongholds for agricultural interests.

By contrast, the Senate-approved farm bill does not remove the Title IV provisions or repeal permanent law.