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House Ag approps unlikely on floor this week, maybe never

The House appears “highly unlikely” to take up the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture appropriations bill this week, an aide to a key member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee said today.

The aide noted that the House is considering the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill today and is also expected to address a contempt of Congress measure against Attorney General Eric Holder and student loan and highway bills before leaving later this week for a one-week July 4 recess.

The White House congressional picnic is scheduled for this evening and a congressional softball game is scheduled Thursday evening. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has promised members that votes will not interfere with those events.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has said that the House leadership has promised that consideration of the Agriculture appropriations bill will not interfere with the markup of the farm bill in the House Agriculture Committee on July 11. That has led to speculation that the Agriculture appropriations bill will not come up on the House floor until after the farm bill markup.

But one key lobbyist said today, “It seems pretty certain we will never do ag approps on the House floor nor the farm bill — just mark up in committee and then find a way to do it without the House floor.”