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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Sep 13, 2012 1:42 PM Flag

    Dems say Boehner blocking farm bill discharge petition

    Dems say Boehner blocking farm bill discharge petition

    By Erik Wasson - 09/13/12 01:09 PM ET

    A bipartisan attempt to force House leaders to vote on the 2012 farm bill is still being held up by procedural problems.

    Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) has prepared a discharge petition to try to force the vote, but he cannot begin collecting signatures yet because of procedural hurdles he says House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has erected.

    Technically, the House Agriculture bill passed out of committee in July has still not been filed on the House floor.

    Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) delivered the text on Monday but a new snafu has emerged.

    A source said that at least one committee has tried to claim jurisdiction over the bill, meaning that it is stuck with the House parliamentarian.

    Braley said Boehner is playing games.

    “Games are being played in Washington, as Speaker Boehner is using all the moves in the procedural playbook to keep the Farm Bill off the House Floor. He has decided to personally overrule the bipartisan majority of the House Agriculture Committee, by keeping the bill bottled up,” he said.

    “Now, Speaker Boehner is preventing the reporting of the bill, over the objection of 35 Agriculture Committee Members who voted to report, and it’s been 64 days. Speaker Boehner needs to end the games, and allow the Congress to do its job by voting on the bill,” Braley added.

    The farm bill discharge petition has become highly politicized. Rural lawmakers like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) are caught in the middle.

    King would not say this week if he would sign a petition if it was allowed to proceed. His opponent in the election, Christie Vilsack has urged him to do so, even though it would mean sticking a finger in the eye of his own leadership.

    “Why doesn’t Braley get 100 Democrats to sign a letter saying they would vote for the farm bill. That would get it moving,” he said.

    On Thursday, liberal House Democrats led by Agriculture Committee member Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) doubled down on their opposition to the $16 billion in food stamp cuts in the farm bill, making large Democratic support elusive.

    At this point, House leaders still do not see 218 votes for the farm bill and the measure faces an uphill battle even in a lame-duck session.

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    • rather than blame it on the republicans or Boehner, because you gave the reason he is holding it up in your last paragraph (that he doesn't have the 218 votes which then would end it) he is trying to rally the troops to get it passed. To hurry a vote that is going to lose is political, you should blame all the democrats that won't vote for it because of the food stamp cuts. You demos can twist a pretzel and try to make it look bad.

 
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