House vote on farm bill imminent

07/11/2013 10:54:00 AM
Tom Karst

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the farm bill minus the nutrition title by noon July 11.

Under the expedited rules for the legislation, no amendments will be allowed on the legislation and debate will be limited to one hour.

The House Committee on Rules published the split farm bill on its website.

The intent of the House is to split the farm program and the nutrition titles and pass them individually, said Kam Quarles, director of legislative affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based McDermott Will & Emery law firm. However, it is not certain how soon the House leadership would pick up the nutrition programs if they are successful in passing the farm bill.

The vote on the farm bill is expected to be close, with no Democratic votes anticipated for the legislation. While House conservative Republicans are pleased that the food stamp program is not a part of the bill, press accounts report some are still troubled by farm subsidies and may not be enthusiastic in casting their vote for the bill.

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