House Farm Bill Still In Limbo
House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas continues to be optimistic that the House will finish its work, but a path forward on completing a farm bill this year before the current extension expires on September 30 is unclear.
House Leadership also continues to weigh their options on the best way to get a bill off the floor, including the possibility of splitting the bill into two measures, taking up the nutrition portion separate from the rest of the bill. This idea is reportedly gaining traction with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA.), but comes with strong objections from Lucas and many in the farm community who feel the best way to kill the farm safety net is by splitting up the farm bill provisions.
Across the Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said last week his chamber will not consider any more farm bill extensions.