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Passage of Farm Bill Remains Uphill Battle

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Politico writes on the still uphill battle the House faces in trying to pass a farm bill. 

They write:

The Farm Bill’s future remained in serious doubt in the House Tuesday even after a reluctant Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said he would support splitting the measure to allow separate votes on the nutrition title — a strategy promoted by Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

In a members-only meeting of Republicans, senior lawmakers on the Agriculture panel continued to express reservations to the Oklahoman. Early soundings by the House whip organization Tuesday afternoon indicated that the leadership still had an uphill climb to get to 218 Republican votes.

Read the full article here.

Table Scraps:

Conservative groups banded together today to write a letter to Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio), expressing their concern over the lack of any real reform or open process in the “Farm-Only” farm bill.

Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) released a video outlining crop insurance reforms needed in the bill.

Tweet of the Day:

@OfficialCBC Since 1977, nutrition programs have been in the #FarmBill. Putting food on the tables of millions of Americans is not the problem. #SNAP

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