David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Moving further to the right, the House Republican leadership is actively pursuing a strategy of splitting its failed farm bill into two parts so that the nutrition title and food stamps funding can be considered on their own.
“Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is driving the new approach, which dovetails with the agenda of outside conservative groups. But Speaker John Boehner’s office signaled Thursday that he also is open to the two-bill strategy and a final decision will be made after the July Fourth recess.
“‘We are going with this play and see where it gets us,’ a senior leadership aide told POLITICO. ‘We are trying to break the bill apart to get something to conference with the Senate.’”
(Note that in a news briefing yesterday with Speaker Boehner, the following exchange took place, QUESTION: On the farm bill, do you support the — the notion of splitting food stamps away from the [farm program] as a possible…?
“BOEHNER: There’s a lot of conversations going on about the farm bill and a way forward. There have been no decisions” (Audio clip.))