The much-delayed bill may finally get to the floor as a conference report, according to the schedule for next week produced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).
Conference committee members have been asked to return to Washington, D.C., in time for a possible Monday morning vote on the bill. U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, told staff that he remains optimistic an agreement can be reached in time for a floor vote next week.
A Wednesday vote would require the filing of a conference report on Monday, which requires the vote by the committee members.
A House-Senate conference committee has been working on reaching agreements on a wide variety of issues contained in the farm bill. The bill traditionally has mixed multi-year farm policies with grocery subsidies.
A vote next week in the House would have to occur before it adjourns for a Republican retreat.© Food Safety News