The House Agriculture Committee has not released a draft farm bill, but has set May 15 for its markup, according to committee spokesperson Tamara Hinton. The Senate Ag Committee has not yet said when it will mark up a farm bill. Lucas met with Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday to discuss timing for the measure.
While no draft has been released, it has yet to be seen how the panel decides to address updated farm bill savings estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO scored the House farm bill in June 2012 with a savings of $35 billion over 10 years. In a March update, the savings fell to $26.6 billion. The CBO also reduced the 10 year savings for the Senate bill from $23 billion to 13.1 billion.
On the Senate side, Nebraska’s Mike Johanns has told reports his impression is their committee markup will also take place in May.
The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture will meet Wednesday, April 24 to review horticulture priorities for the 2013 Farm Bill. The public hearing is set to begin at 9 am Central time.Share