With Congress back in session Monday, the situation in Syria is a priority on top of priorities, which are now pushing the farm bill to the back burner.
House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas says regardless of the outcome in Congress, a farm bill still needs to pass the President’s desk.
In 2008, the post-conference report sent to both chambers for approval without amendment was passed, but President Bush vetoed the farm bill. Congress overrode his veto and passed the farm policy still in place today via extension, but Lucas doubts a repeat of that situation, and the ability to muster a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.
Lucas also doubt conferees for a House-Senate Farm Bill conference will be appointed prior to October 1st, when the current fiscal year, and farm bill extension, expires.