Next steps for House farm bill?
Jun 21, 2013
Pro Farmer Extra
- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -
June 21, 2013
Next step for the farm bill? The outlook is murky —
While unlikely, the chief Republican vote-counter, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), says the bill could come back to the floor this week. He says, “We can correct it if [Democrats] are not going to help us.”
House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) says he will make another attempt to move a farm bill but did not know when or under what circumstance.
Some say it could take several months for GOP leaders to take over and construct a package that could garner the needed 218 votes for passage. If Lucas constructs a truly partisan farm bill that will get the support of at least 218 of the 234 House Republicans, we’ll see if Pelosi continues to call GOP leadership “amateurs.”
GOP leaders do not want another extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, even though this is what most observers predict. Peterson says he thinks the bill can be salvaged, but added, “Without a bill, we’ll end up with an extension. There is no way we are going back to permanent law.”
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