House Speaker John Boehner will not commit to bringing the farm bill to the floor. The Speaker told reporters at his weekly press conference Thursday: “no decisions about it coming to the floor at this point.”
Boehner commended Chairman Frank Lucas for his work in getting the bill through the Ag Committee but said he does have some concerns with it. He specifically mentioned the dairy provision saying: “We have a Soviet-style dairy program in America today, and one of the proposals in the farm bill would actually make it worse,”
Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow urging House leadership to bring the bill to the floor stating: “With droughts and weather disasters plaguing America’s agriculture economy, failure to pass a Farm Bill or passing a short-term extension would add even more uncertainty and stress onto American farm families and small businesses.”
If the House fails to act we could see an extension of the current farm bill beyond the September 30th expiration. That would open the door for the bill to be included in a “lame duck” omnibus spending package later this year or it could be pushed to the next Congress.