After months of intense lobbying and public outcry, President Donald Trump’s 2018 Farm Bill was unveiled on Monday.
But the bill’s details weren’t exactly the most eye-popping, and the president’s failure to deliver on the promises he made during his campaign is likely to make it much harder to get it through Congress.
Democrats had hoped to make their mark on the bill during its first two weeks of debate, which began last week.
They tried to highlight Trump’s record of supporting agricultural subsidies that benefit industry at the expense of the American farmer, and his call to “end the subsidies to the livestock industry.”
But in the end, the president was only able to garner praise from Democrats and an enthusiastic Republican base for his proposal, which included $15 billion in subsidies for agribusiness.
It was a stark contrast from the president and his Republican counterpart, Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker, who campaigned on ending subsidies for the agribuses, while Trump has repeatedly touted the bill as “the best deal ever.”
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Enzi said he was “thrilled” with the package’s final version.
“It was good for farmers and it was good to get the bill out the door,” he said.
But it’s unclear how much more the president can expect to get out of his farm bill.
The Farm Bill would extend the subsidy program through 2021 and also provide farmers with $5 million in tax credits and help pay for other measures, including a $1.2 billion farm investment tax credit.
It would also provide $1 billion in farm subsidies to low-income farmers, and another $1 million to “food banks,” food banks and other food-distribution organizations.
The program also includes a $500 million program to improve the food supply in rural areas.
A bipartisan coalition of farm groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called on Congress to pass a farm bill that would provide “substantive relief” to farmers, farmers and rural communities.
“This is not a bill that’s going to help a lot of small farmers,” said Jim McBride, the former senior agricultural adviser to Vice President Mike Pence.
“I think that’s why the president didn’t try to do it, that’s because he knew that the American people weren’t going to like it.”
Democrats also argued that the president failed to meet his promises on the agri-business subsidy program, which would allow the program to expand at a faster rate than originally proposed, while also expanding subsidies to agribUSAS.
The farm bill also included a provision that would allow farmers to deduct their farm-related income from their taxes, but the Senate bill does not include a way for the government to track this deduction.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D.W.A.) were the only Democrats to vote against the bill, arguing that the bill “does not provide a way to track a deduction that the President has repeatedly promised to make permanent.”
A bill from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D.-Minn.) and Rep. Tim Walberg (D., N.D.) that would have given small businesses more protection from the Trump administration was also defeated by a 52-50 vote.