Members of the U.S. House of Representatives likely will resume discussions on a freestanding food stamp bill during the week of Sept. 15, says Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
"The bill that I expect will come to the floor will include the reforms in the House Agriculture Committee-passed version, the nutrition reforms; would most likely include the reforms that were adopted by the United States House in our attempt back in July to pass a comprehensive bill; and might actually contain enough additional reforms that instead of $20 billion in savings, a $40 billion number might be achieved," Lucas tells AgriTalk in a video interview.
The bill’s chances for success, though, are less clear.
"You have the classic conundrum of the first effort through," Lucas says. "The more liberal members of Congress don’t want to make any reforms, achieve any savings in nutrition. How many of my very conservative colleagues who, in spite of the good work done in the committee and all the extra amendments offered on the floor of the United States House, chose in July not to vote for the bill because it wasn’t good enough? I don’t know."
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