House GOP leadership will appoint farm bill conferees after the August Recess.
The news comes from the Top House Agriculture Committee Democrat, Collin Peterson. He and House Ag Chair Frank Lucas were told by House Speaker John Boehner that the Speaker would like to see progress on a farm bill in September. Peterson adds that Boehner has waited to appoint conferees in order to avoid a possible fight on the House floor over a potential motion that would instruct House conferees to take certain positions during the conference with the Senate.
Both Peterson and House Ag Member Marcia Fudge, who is also the Congressional BLack Caucus Chair, feel that GOP leader Eric Cantor is the real obstacle to a farm bill. Fudge met with Cantor last week to discuss nutrition cuts and left the meeting feeling that Cantor does not want a farm bill. Peterson points to Cantor's insistence that the House pass a nutrition bill before moving to conference as evidence that Cantor doesn't want progress.