Wednesday, House Ag Chair Frank Lucas said he expects the farm bill to hit the House floor next week.
Lucas expects at most 40 amendments covering every topic in the farm bill, and said whatever the House version looks like is fine – at least it gets the bill to conference.
House Speaker John Boehner has voiced his opposition to House Ag Ranking Member Collin Peterson’s dairy program, but to move the farm bill forward, he indicated yesterday he’ll vote in support of a farm bill.
However Boehner’s opposition to the dairy program was only one of two major farm bill hurdles – the remaining being Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow’s objections to over $20 billion in cuts to the Supplmental Nutrition Assistance Program in the house bill.
That issue will have to be handled in conference, and Ranking Member Peterson has said that, if all goes well, a farm bill could be on the President’s desk by August.