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House majority leaders says House farm bill offers 'strong reforms.'
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) today confirmed plans to pass the House farm bill (HR 1947) the week of June 17 and offered a positive, assessment of the legislation, saying it contained "strong reforms." The announcement came after a whip count of members came in strong enough to give the bill a strong shot of passing.
While House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said there was "a very significant concern" among Democrats about the bill's $20.5 billion cut to food stamps, Cantor assured him that Republicans would allow a "genuine and robust debate" on all areas of the legislation.
In remarks on the farm bill, Cantor said, House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), and the members of the House Agriculture Committee, "have all worked very hard to produce a five-year farm bill with strong reforms and look forward to a full debate on the floor."
Earlier this week House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his support for the legislation.
The Rules Committee said House members have until 2 p.m. ET Monday to file amendments and will likely approve a rule Tuesday detailing which of those amendments will be considered.