House Still Plans to Get to Farm Bill This Month
Now that the Senate has approved its version of the farm bill - the House will have to pass its version so the two pieces of legislation can be merged in a conference committee and presented for the President's consideration. House Speaker John Boehner confirmed Monday that he expects the farm bill to come to the House floor this month. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson even expressed optimism that the House would be able to consider the farm bill next week thanks to the strong bipartisan support in the Senate. If everything stays on track - Peterson believes Congress could get a bill to the President before the August recess.
One possible hiccup is Boehner's opposition to the dairy program approved by the House Agriculture Committee. If that program - which is the same as the program included in the Senate-passed bill - is changed - Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow has told reporters she would have to consider those changes in conference. She will also have to consider - she said - how the House handles cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She is opposed to the 20.5-billion dollar cut over 10 years included in the House legislation.
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