Farm Bill Will Have to Wait Until Elections are Over
The U.S. House will head home for the elections without action on a new five-year farm bill or an extension of existing farm policy that expires at the end of the month. Speaker of the House John Boehner told reporters the farm bill will be dealt with after the election. He didn’t get more specific than that. But House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said this week that he hasn’t received any promises his five-year bill will come up in the lame-duck session. According to Boehner – as it currently stands – some believe there isn’t enough reform in the farm bill that came out of committee. Still others believe there is too much reform – leaving Boehner to believe there are not enough votes to pass an extension or to consider the entire farm bill.