As the Senate nears passage of its farm bill, the House Agriculture Committee pulled back Wednesday from its markup next week, amid signs that House Republican leaders want a pause to consider how to proceed this summer. House Chairman Frank Lucas has indicated that he will move on a farm bill when lawmakers return after the July 4th recess. He confirmed the change in plains after discussions with Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Cantor’s aides insisted that he was not saying “no” to any House farm bill this summer. They said the majority leader wanted to instead allow time for some assessment of the political situation.
Lucas said a contributing factor to the changed House schedule is that fact that floor debate is scheduled next week on a $19.4 billion Agriculture Department appropriations bill that touches on farm programs and he wants legislators to focus on that.