U.S. House Passes 2018 Farm Bill


The previously defeated U.S. House 2018 Farm Bill, was reconsidered on the floor on Thursday, June 21 and passed by a vote of 213-211. The bill would eliminate Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility which would remove school meal direct certification for an estimated 265,000 students. The manager’s amendment contains language directing USDA to revamp the nutrition standards for school lunches, breakfast and all food sold in schools under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). SNA has concerns about both of these provisions and is closely monitoring developments.

The U.S. Senate Farm Bill, which passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 13th, does not contain either the provision to eliminate categorical eligibility nor the amendment to revamp the HHFKA. The full Senate will vote to begin deliberation of the Farm Bill on Monday, June 25th. If the Senate bill is passed, it will need to be reconciled with the House bill into a single version before a final bill is passed by Congress and sent to the President for signature.

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