Despite Speaker of the House John Boehner’s reluctance to comment on the proposed farm bill extension, House Agriculture Committee chair Frank Lucas is already throwing his weight behind it, positioning the bill as the only responsible option left for Congress.
Despite months of pressure and lobbying by farm advocacy groups, Congress failed to pass a new five-year farm bill. While the Senate passed their version of the farm bill and the House Agriculture Committee passed a draft of the farm bill, Speaker Boehner refused to let the bill reach the floor for a vote.
While Lucas was criticized for his willingness to fall into line with Boehner before, he appears to have reversed his course, offering his support for a temporary extension of the farm bill despite Boehner’s reluctance to comment.
In a recent statement, Lucas said, “It is no longer possible to enact a five-year farm bill in this Congress. The responsible thing to do is to extend the 2008 legislation for one year. This provides certainty to our producers and critical disaster assistance to those affected by record drought conditions.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer