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Odds increase for farm bill this year, but hurdles remain.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said today at a news conference that the House will wait until after the election to address the farm bill (HR 6083) or pass an extension of existing programs, which expire Sept. 30.
"The current situation that we face is we have people who believe there is not enough reform in the farm bill that came out of committee and others who believe there is too much in the bill that came out of committee. In our opinion we need 218 votes to pass either an extension or to consider the entire farm bill. When we get back we will deal with the issue of the farm bill."
Comments: The statement at least ups the odds of a possible farm bill conclusion yet this calendar year. But farm bill hurdles remain and bumping this to 2013 is still not out of the question, sources advise. Of note, Boehner was very general in saying, "We will deal with the farm bill after the election." Frankly, you can read anything into that as you want, and both proponents and opponents of a new farm bill surely will.