What does a Democrat majority in the House mean for the Farm Bil

What does a Democrat majority in the House mean for the Farm Bill?

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Come January, the Democrats will control the House of Representatives, splitting Congress for the first time since the Obama administration.

"All the progress we made to grow this economy through tax cuts, regulation relief and to give peace of mind to all Americans that the federal government was going to do their first job, and I think you're going to see it just grinding to a halt," Rep. (R-Lubbock) Jodey Arrington said. 

With Democrats taking the House majority, Congressman Arrington said he is worried about the left blocking the president's agenda, specifically the farm bill.

"I'm concerned. I'm concerned about the farm bill, for example. We need to get that through. Hopefully after the midterms we won't see the politics that are holding that up and we can move forward, but some of the big things we want to accomplish are going to be harder to do the next two years with Nancy Pelosi," Arrington said.

Steve Verett, with Plains Cotton Growers, said the pressure is now on Republicans to reach a compromise on work requirements in the farm bill.

"I think the Republicans have to understand that with the election, with the Democrats taking over the majority in the House, that if they don't get this farm bill done now, that the chances of making any kinds of changes of that regard are going to be less," Verett said.

South Plains Food Bank CEO David Weaver said with Republicans maintaining a healthy majority in the Senate, there may be incentives for both sides to reach across the aisle and get a deal done.

"There were components in there that Democrats objected to, there were components that Republicans objected to. I think with the shift in the house to Democrat control, there's a little pressure on everybody to compromise because I think everybody wants to get this farm bill passed and that's less likely to happen if there's no compromise," Weaver said.

However, President Trump said he does not want Republicans to compromise for the sake of getting the farm bill passed. 

"Everybody wants it. The farmers want it, but the Democrats are not approving the farm bill with work rules. We could have it very fast without the work rules, but we want the work rules in and the Democrats just don't want to vote for that," President Trump said.

If farm bill negotiations continue to stall, Verett and Weaver said they believe there will be a one-year extension of the 2014 version of the bill. 

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