Farm Bill Progress?
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in New Jersey recently talking with reporters about some of the issues farmers in that state have....but he was not just talking about farmers in New Jersey...
Meanwhile - it something that has been IN THE HOPPER: Pushing a final farm bill through Congress by January is a heavy lift on its own, given the outstanding policy disagreements and sometimes bitter relations between top negotiators.
But Perdue says he's still optimistic that a farm bill will be passed before the end of the year.
House and Senate Agriculture leaders have also said they are hoping to strike a bipartisan deal before 2019.
LONG LAME-DUCK TO-DO LIST BEYOND THE FARM BILL: House and Senate Agriculture leaders are hoping to strike a bipartisan deal in time to pass a final farm bill before January, but they'll need to compete for floor time and legislative oxygen with plenty of other big-ticket issues. The Senate is expected to churn through additional nominations, both parties and chambers will hold leadership elections — and then there's the annual year-end spending showdown.