Challenges related to the next farm bill continue to prevent progress. According to Politico, House Agriculture Democrats are fighting against ongoing GOP efforts to repurpose climate and future nutrition funding within the bill to boost conservation projects and farm commodity programs. Democrats need 130 votes to pass a farm bill if the legislation moves under suspension and have been resolute in not making any changes to IRA and nutrition programs.

Meanwhile, House GOP members are pushing to repurpose about $15 billion in climate-smart agriculture money and restricting nutrition programs through SNAP to pay for spending increases in the farm bill’s safety net. Senate Agriculture Chair Debbie Stabenow has urged vulnerable House Democrats to not support GOP plans. In the upper chamber, senators are still at a stalemate over similar funding questions.

Read more on the latest in farm bill debates here.