John Boehner to Support House Farm BillWed, 12 Jun 2013 11:40:32 CDT
The article by Jake Sherman is available at www.politico.com
Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he would vote for the House's farm bill, despite reservations.
"I've got concerns about the farm bill, as I told our members," Boehner said after a closed House Republican Conference meeting. "But doing nothing means that we get no changes in the farm program, no changes in the nutrition program. And as a result, I'm going to vote for the farm bill to make sure that the good work of the Agriculture Committee and whatever the floor might do to improve this bill gets to a conference so that we can get the kind of changes that people want in our nutrition programs and our farm programs."
Passing the farm bill, which will come to the House floor this month, will be one of the toughest tasks for the Ohio Republican's leadership team. Members of leadership are already working to assuage concerns about several of the bill's provisions. In a sign of how difficult this legislation is, last year's bill didn't even make it to the floor for a vote.
Earlier this week, Boehner announced that he had "concerns about some of the dairy provisions" in both last year's legislation and this year's bill.
The Senate easily passed its version of the bill earlier this week.
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