Farm bill conference negotiations appeared to be moving along last week, but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, threw a wild card into the process on Nov. 14 when he told reporters he does not want any budget savings in the farm bill used in the attempt to reach a larger House-Senate agreement on the budget.
The House of Representatives appears poised to vote on a bill to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over 10 years, possibly creating the ground work for a farm bill conference with the Senate and passage of a bill later this year.
Rural lawmakers will go back to Washington with more instructions from their constituents on how to vote on whether to give President Barack Obama authority to act in Syria than on how to handle the farm bill or a Republican proposal to cut food stamps.
September 09, 2013
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