David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Speaker John Boehner begged off making any immediate decision Thursday on when — or if — a new farm bill will be brought to the House floor before Congress leaves for the August recess. [Note: a video replay of yesterday’s press briefing with Speaker Boehner is available here, while relevant clips regarding the Farm Bill can be heard here (MP3- 0:23) and here (MP3- 1:04)].
“The timing is crucial if the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are to have any hope of negotiating a final package before the current farm program expires Sept. 30. And Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) told POLITICO a drought now hitting big stretches of the Midwest only increases the urgency.
“‘There’s a need to move before the Sept. 30th deadline,’ Roberts said, adding that he is skeptical of shortcuts like extending the current law until after the elections.”