AGRICULTURE/DEMS/ENTITLEMENTS/GOP/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [9-13-18] blasted Democrats and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, for ‘fighting tooth and nail’ against the farm bill because of disagreements over the House’s proposal to tighten work requirements for food-stamp recipients. Stabenow, one of the ‘big four’ agriculture leaders in Congress, has been engaging in closed-door negotiations with Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) over which provisions will make it into a final conference report for the bill. Trump did not mention that Roberts, a fellow Republican, has also opposed the work requirements because he has said that version of the bill has no shot at passing in the Senate. Stabenow responded to Trump by noting that the Senate passed its version by a large margin. ‘In case you missed it, the Senate passed a bipartisan #FarmBill that got 86 votes – the most ever,’ she said on Twitter. ‘I’m not letting politics distract me from working across the aisle to finalize a good bill that will deliver certainty for farmers and families in Michigan and across the country.'”

Liz Crampton, “Trump accuses Stabenow, Democrats of holding up farm bill,” Politico, September 14, 2018 2:27 pm