The farm bill passed Thursday by the House meets the needs of North Dakota farmers, Rep. Kevin Cramer,
The bill includes more than $10 billion in savings, consolidates programs, and strengthens and provides options for crop insurance, Cramer said in a statement.
Republicans said the food stamp part of the legislation would be dealt with separately, at a later time.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said the House vote moves Congress closer to passing a five-year farm bill.
“However, I am concerned the bill that does not address nutrition policies,” Heitkamp's statement said. “Passing a farm bill into law requires bipartisan support, something the House has shown no interest in. House members — who passed their bill by a razor thin margin with only Republican support — need to work in a bipartisan fashion to get this work done..
A statement from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. did not comment on the differences between the House and Senate versions, but stressed the need to pass legislation.
“It is vital that both chambers and members on both sides of the aisles need to reconcile the differences ... and finalize a five-year farm bill that can pass both the House and the Senate,” Hoeven’s statement said.
Cramer encouraged both parties to support the House bill. It now moves to a conference committee for reconciliation between the House and Senate versions.