"The focus was to make sure we had a system that protected victims and not politicians".
For sustainable farming groups, the House-Senate compromise bill represents more of a mixed bag.
He continued: "I am constantly correcting that notion".
The 807-page bill also offers improved crop insurance access for established farmers as well as novice farmers and offers financial assistance for farmers transitioning from conventional to organic farming - it also quadruples federal investment for organic research. Ultimately, he said, legislators had to make a decision between making as many reforms as they could or allowing "America's farmers and ranchers to be held hostage".
Soil health: Annual funding of $25 million for a new soil health pilot project that will provide incentives to producers who improve soil health and increase soil carbon.
As far as congressional staffers who want to file lawsuits against lawmakers, House staffers would also have access to House counsel to pursue claims, while Senate staffers would not.
Thune said that of the approximately 20 provisions he worked on that made it into the Senate bill, almost all the ideas behind them came from the suggestions and complaints of South Dakota's farmers and ranchers. We are committed to offering victims the tools they need to pursue justice. "We'd like to thank Congress for their steadfast support of our nation's wetlands and waterfowl", said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall.
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The statement says members of both caucuses "remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to address outstanding issues".
Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who will replace Heitkamp next year after a contentious Senate race, said the legislation isn't ideal, but it "provides farmers, ranchers and rural Americans the certainty and stability they deserve".
"Obviously, every farm bill represents kind of a consensus, but this was a very pro-agriculture, pro-farmer farm bill, and that was our goal from the very beginning", Thune told The Daily Republic via phone on Wednesday.
Heitkamp said the final bill mirrors the Senate's version "with a few minor tweaks".
After two years of work on this particular bill and with a House-Senate compromise worked out earlier this month, Thune hopes that the bill will soon be signed into law.
President Trump has said he prefers a different version of the bill than the one approved.
Farmers are mostly happy to have some certainty about insurance and subsidy rules as they struggle to manage their money during Trump's trade war.
More than 40 million Americans, or about 12 percent of the US population, depend on the SNAP food stamps program to keep from going hungry.