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House Ag approps uncertainty won’t affect farm bill markup

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., delayed committee markup of the farm bill until July 11 in anticipation of the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture appropriations bill being on the floor this week, and is apparently planning to stick to that schedule, even though the timing of floor consideration of the appropriations bill is now uncertain.

“The agriculture appropriations bill is on the schedule for this week,” a Lucas spokeswoman told The Hagstrom Report today. “Regardless of how the schedule progresses, we have assurances from leadership that House consideration of the agriculture appropriations bill will not interfere with our scheduled farm bill markup on July 11.”

The House version of the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture appropriations bill is on the House schedule for this week, but it is unclear whether the House will find time for it or delay it until after the July 4 week-long recess.

In addition to dealing with other matters, the House is scheduled to take up the fiscal year 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill before it turns to the Agriculture bill.

Also, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., assured members last Thursday that the schedule will not interfere with two key events on the House social calendar.

“I want to assure members that we will accommodate both the congressional White House picnic on Wednesday night, as well as the congressional baseball game on Thursday evening,” Cantor said on the floor Thursday night. “During those events no votes will take place.”