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The Hill: Some House Republicans say votes are there for farm bill

Some House members who favor action on a farm bill have said that there are enough votes to take the House Agriculture Committee-passed bill to conference with the Senate, which passed its own bill, The Hill reported over the weekend.

House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who organized a poll of House members, has declined to comment on the report.

Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark, said that there are at least 218 votes in favor sending the House Agriculture Committee-approved bill to conference with the Senate, The Hill reported.

“I feel like [Republicans] have anywhere from 125 to 150 on our side; and anywhere from 85 to 115 on the [Democratic] side,” Crawford told The Hill.

A Republican lawmaker who requested anonymity to speak freely on the matter, said that Peterson counted at least 100 Democrats who would support the legislation, The Hill also reported. That member also said Republicans thought that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., were whipping against consideration of the bill, but that turned out not to be true.

Liberal Democrats, including former House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said last week that the bill should be considered. But the Republican member also told The Hill that some Republicans believed it was not a good idea to bring up the bill before the election because some members want deeper food stamp cuts and the Club for Growth is against the bill.

A spokeswoman for Peterson said today that Peterson declined to comment on the report.