The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill on Wednesday. (Photo by Carrie Muehling/WJBC)
By Carrie Muehling
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill late Wednesday night, just minutes before midnight.
The bill received a vote of 36-10 and will now move to the House floor. House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) said he is confident the full House will take up the bill this year, and that it could happen as early as next month.
"I think we'll get there," said Lucas. "In spite of my friends on the Left in the United States House who don't want to spend any money on rural America, and my friends on the Right who don't want to spend any money on anybody on any occasion for any reason, we'll still achieve that consensus in the middle, and we'll make sure that not only folks in the countryside have that safety net they need, but we'll also assure our friends who may not necessarily understand where their food comes from a safe supply, a safety net, and a certainty there. We might not get credit for it from the great American consumer, but they'll benefit as they have from every farm bill since the passage of the first one in 1933."
Lucas spoke to farm broadcasters gathered in Washington, D.C. just prior to beginning mark up of the bill on Wednesday morning.
Highly debated amendments included those regarding a new dairy market stabilization program and cuts to nutrition programs.
The Senate will reportedly begin its work on farm bill legislation on Monday.
Carrie Muehling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.