AGRIBUSINESS: Republican Leaders Working to Bring Farm Bill Back to House Floor

Posted on: 6:01 am, July 4, 2013, by , updated on: 04:16am, July 4, 2013

Iowa Representative Steve King said this week, that the House will take up another farm bill this month. He’s not sure what the bill will look like, reporting Republican leaders are still reviewing what the legislation should include to ensure they have the 218 votes needed for the bill’s passage.

King did say he doesn’t believe there’s support for splitting the farm bill in two, a move he doesn’t support.

As long as the House decides not to split the bill – there are several options for moving forward. The House could vote on the farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee, make changes to the bill that failed or take up the Senate-passed measure. The option of extending current farm law again is the one viewed most likely by many analysts and lobbyists. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not be on board for another extension.