Several articles on Wednesday documented Farm Bill developments prior to the Rules Committee announcement, below is a summary of some of these articles from today.
Erik Wasson reported this morning at The Hill’s On the Money Blog that, “A plan backed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and other House GOP leaders to split the farm bill into two pieces is facing a setback.
“A split farm bill was anticipated to come before the Rules Committee as early as Wednesday, but there is now no sign that this is happening.
“A House GOP whip count on Tuesday on a farm subsidy bill without food stamp funding came up short of the 218 votes needed for passage, sources said. However, a GOP aide said the official count was still taking place and no final decision on a vote has been made.”
From Bloomberg News, July 10- “U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan and chairman of the Agriculture Committee, talks about today’s hearing on the proposed $4.7 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork supplier, by Shuanghui International Ltd. of China. The deal has fueled speculation that Chinese demand for U.S. pork will accelerate. Stabenow speaks with Peter Cook, Sara Eisen and Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Market Makers.'”
Farm Bill- A Farm Only Farm Bill, Without A Nutrition Title
Matt Fuller reported yesterday at Roll Call Online that, “House Republican leaders have decided to drop food stamps from the farm bill and are whipping the farm-only portion of the bill for a vote that will likely come this week, according to a GOP leadership aide.
“The nutrition portion of the bill would be dealt with later.
“The Rules Committee is expected to post the text Tuesday night and meet Wednesday, the aide said.”
Mr. Fuller explained that, “The ‘new’ farm bill would be the bill as it finished on the floor before the break, with the addition of a repeal of the 1949 law that requires the passage or extension of a farm bill.
“Rory Cooper, a spokesman for Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said leadership has not yet decided to schedule a vote.
“‘There has been no decision made to schedule a vote on a farm bill, in any form,’ he said in a statement to CQ Roll Call.”