Representative Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has told reporters that he was ready to vote in favor of House Ag Chair Michael Conaway’s farm bill now that a vote for immigration reform is in place. The House Republican leadership plans to bring up two different immigration bills for votes next week, including a conservative measure authored by Representative Bob Goodlatte that the Freedom Caucus supports.
Politico says Meadows’ support could potentially be huge. It signals that other conservatives are likely to fall in line and give Conaway the votes he needs to get the farm bill passed through the House.
Meadows says he’s not happy with everything currently in the House Farm Bill. He plans to continue to push for subsidy limits on payments made to farmers. Meadows had tried to get an amendment to the floor in the House but was stymied by the Rules Committee. “Am I happy with everything in the Farm Bill? No,” Meadows says. “Am I working with my colleagues to get a better farm bill? The answer is yes.”