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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 3, 2013 1:05 AM Flag

    Farm lobby strikes back against push to split farm bill

    Farm lobby strikes back against push to split farm bill

    By Erik Wasson - 07/02/13 04:31 PM ET

    Farm lobbyists are pushing back heavily against a conservative drive to split off the food stamp and farm subsidy portions of the trillion-dollar farm bill.

    The farm bill failed spectacularly on the House floor late last month because it contained too few food stamp cuts for conservatives and too many for liberals.

    During the current recess, House leaders are polling their members to see if separating the bill would allow a path forward for the farm subsidies bill, a path that is needed by the time the 2008 farm bill expires on Sept. 30.

    On Tuesday, K street fired off a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) opposing that effort. It was signed by 532 national and regional organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, and major commodity groups such as the National Cotton Council and Southern Peanut Farmers Federation to the National Milk Producers Federation and American Soybean Association.

    “America’s agriculture, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance companies and organizations strongly urge you to bring the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013) back to the Floor as soon as possible,” the letter states.

    “It is vital for the House to try once again to bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for farmers, rural America, the environment and our economy in general and pass a five-year farm bill upon returning in July,” it states. “We believe that splitting the nutrition title from the rest of the bill could result in neither farm nor nutrition programs passing, and urge you to move a unified farm bill forward.”

    The letters comes as Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who is leading the fight to split the bill, expressed increasing confidence in his quest this week. A whip check of

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      • Cantor vows action on ‘revised farm bill’

        By Daniel Strauss - 07/05/13 06:48 PM ET

        House Republicans will return to farm bill legislation this month, according to Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

        In a memo outlining the conference’s legislative agenda for July, Cantor said Republicans would revisit the farm bill — an issue that divided them last month and led to a rare failure of legislation on the House floor.

        "Members should be prepared to act on a revised farm bill,” Cantor said in the memo.

        Conservatives have pressed Cantor and other GOP leaders to break the farm bill in two by splitting the spending on agriculture from food stamps. It’s unclear from Cantor’s memo what form the “revised” bill might take.

        Other items on the House agenda for July, according to Cantor’s memo, include energy, education and oversight of government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service.

        The memo from Cantor provides few clues as to the GOP’s next move on immigration. While energy, "stop government abuse," "student success act for a better future," and “appropriations" each got multiple lengthy paragraphs in the memo, immigration reform and a farm bill are mentioned only briefly.

        “The House may begin consideration of the border security measures that have been passed by the Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees and begin reviewing other immigration proposals," Cantor writes near the end of the memo.

        "I look forward to our special conference on July 10th on how to fix broken our broken immigration system. We will also consider options moving forward on ObamaCare now that the administration delayed the employer mandate."

        The Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform proposal last week, but a number of top Republicans have said that measure is dead on arrival. Lawmakers have been moving forward with a set of smaller bills.

        Some legislators in the House suggested that the chamber should focus an alternative immigration bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) h

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