The U.S. Senate has appointed its negotiators for writing a final farm bill, weeks before the House of Representatives aims to complete its version, which has been repeatedly delayed by a fight over how much to cut funding for food stamps.
Congress is 10 months overdue to enact a new farm law, which covers crop subsidies, rural economic development, biofuels, agricultural research and global aid, as well as food stamps.
Twelve senior members of the Senate Agriculture Committee were named as farm bill conferees late on Thursday, ahead of a five-week Congressional recess.
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said no decision had been made on appointing House conferees.
House Republicans are expected to ask for $40 billion in food stamp cuts when lawmakers resume work in September, compared to $4 billion proposed by the Senate.