President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday that he has “every intention” of signing a bill that would allow farmers to sell apples and pears to supermarkets.
“You’re not going to see it on shelves until sometime in the near future,” Trump said during a White House briefing.
“And I think we’re going to be able to have apples on the shelves very soon.”
“I think you’re going see it sometime in October,” he added.
“I just think it’s going to take awhile.”
Trump said he would sign the bill if it passed.
“It’s been delayed,” Trump told journalists.
“If it gets done, it’s gonna be a very big deal.”
The legislation, which would allow states to permit farmers to grow certain crops such as apples and cherries, has been in the works for years, but has been stalled over concerns over a lack of enforcement.
A White House official told The New York Times last month that the administration was still negotiating with the states about the rules, and that Trump would sign it as soon as possible.
The bill, which has been introduced in the Senate and House, is expected to pass the Senate in a short time frame, and the House of Representatives in a similar time frame.
However, it would have to clear an amendment process before it could be passed into law by Congress.
Trump told the press on Thursday he would support the bill even though he did not like it.
“There’s a lot of problems with it, I don’t like it, but we’re gonna have to do what’s necessary to pass it,” Trump insisted.
The president also said that he would use his power to veto any bill that did not include his “strong support.”
The House passed the Farm Bill last year, and Trump signed it in January.
“We will get it passed,” Trump vowed.
“When you get a bill through Congress, you pass it, and then it goes to the White House.
We’ll sign it, we’ll veto it, it’ll go through, we can fix it, everything will be fine.”
The farm bill was passed by the House last year after several years of negotiations, but Trump vetoed a similar bill in December 2016 that would have allowed the U.S. to buy more beef and pork.
Trump has also threatened to veto an agricultural bill that includes a proposal to allow states the right to set their own prices.
“The price of food in this country is at a record low, and I am deeply concerned about the state of the agricultural system and the future of food supply in this nation,” Trump tweeted last month.
“No bill that gives states the power to set the price of meat, dairy and other farm products is good for the American worker.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.