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Congress Might Vote Next Week on Much-Delayed Farm Bill

A U.S. House of Representatives vote on what was once going to be the 2012 Farm Bill might occur as early as Wednesday.

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.

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  • crookedstick

    Hopefully, the King Amendment will be removed. During these trying times of food safety, the last thing we need is an Amendment that opens the gate of a race to the bottom.

  • Do you all have any idea if the King Amendment is included?