Rep. Lucas to CQ: May Delay Farm Bill Markup

January 3, 2013 07:46 AM

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The upcoming spending and entitlement debate will include farm bill.

Work and markup on a new farm bill by the House Ag Committee may be postponed beyond the currently planned late-February start given the potential that spending and entitlement cut issues could be the focus for the House at that point, House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) told Congressional Quarterly (CQ) today.

"If I understand correctly what was done the other day, sequestration and for that matter the debt ceiling issues all come to a bubble the end of February, or a boil, maybe that's a better word," Lucas told CQ. "The speaker made it quite clear the other evening. The tax issue is now over. The issue is now entitlements and spending. Well, a farm bill is by its nature a spending bill with certain entitlements incorporated." Lucas told CQ he is discussing the matter with Ag panel Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).

Meanwhile, Associated Press is quoting Peterson as saying that he felt the lack of a vote on the bill passed by the panel was a show of disrespect by House leaders and he's not interested in writing another bill unless a vote is promised. "If they will not give me that assurance, I am not interested in writing a farm bill," Peterson said.

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