However, Stabenow said the good news is that the vote will allow lawmakers to eventually reach the finish line in farm bill negotiations.
"If House Republican leaders drop the divisive issues, appoint conferees and work with us in a bipartisan way, we can finalize a farm bill," she said. "It's time to get a comprehensive farm bill done to give farmers and ranchers the certainty they need to continue growing the economy."
Farm groups generally supportive
Farm groups releasing statements on the bill's passage generally noted that while it may not be the cleanest way to achieve five-year farm policy, it does allow forward movement.
“We are pleased that the House is one step closer towards passage of the farm bill and we encourage the House to appoint conferees to work out the differences between the House and Senate bills," National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Scott George said. George added that the bill is a "top priority" to providing farmers' and ranchers' regulatory certainty in the coming years.
American Soybean Association President Danny Murphy reiterated George's concerns, highlighting the pressing deadline of Sept. 30, when the current farm bill expires.
"This process has gone on for more than three years now, and we still have no long-term legislation in place. That is entirely too long," Murphy said. "We expect the House to appoint its conferees as soon as possible, and we call on both chambers to work across party lines to craft a bill that addresses the needs of both farmers and consumers."
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson indicated his displeasure with the decision, but also added that the move will allow the House to appoint conferees and move forward with a full farm bill.