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Wed August 14, 2013
Legislators not giving up hope for farm bill
With Congress in its August recess, the farm bill is stalled and many are pessimistic about getting a new bill passed before the current extension expires on Sept. 30. Still, farm country legislators aren’t exactly giving up hope.
Republican Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was asked about the farm bill at a town hall style meeting in in his district this week.
He said that he thinks the most likely outcome is that the House will pass a “food stamp bill,” to go along with a agriculture portion it passed in June. That could put the farm bill back on track.
“The hardest of the two is the AG portion. More members of congress’s districts benefit from food stamps than from the AG bill, so I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t get both of those passed by September 30th.”
Schock said that conversations with Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor indicated that a food stamp bill will come up for a vote in the House sometime in early September.