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Cantor says House will vote on farm bill after election

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has been viewed all year as the House leader most opposed to bringing up the farm bill, said Wednesday in Boise that the House will vote on the bill during the post-election lame duck session, an announcement that won praise from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

While in Boise on a fundraising trip for Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, Cantor said, “I'm committed to bring the issue to the floor and then to see a way forward so we can get the votes to pass (a farm bill),” the Idaho Statesman reported.

Oddly enough, Cantor made the statement while raising money for Labrador, who has not favored bringing up any major legislation during the lame duck session.

Labrador acknowledged that Cantor, who sets the House schedule, will win the argument over holding votes, the Idaho Statesman said.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Stabenow noted in a statement that the Senate had already passed a farm bill and added, “I'm very pleased to hear that Majority Leader Cantor is now committed to bring the farm bill to the floor immediately after the election. America’s farmers, ranchers, small businesses and 16 million Americans employed in agriculture desperately need the certainty and disaster relief the farm bill provides.”

“We passed a bipartisan farm bill that reforms farm programs and cuts $23 billion in spending,” Stabenow said.

“I hope our colleagues in the House of Representatives will follow that lead with a bipartisan approach to this legislation. It is critical that we are able to finalize the farm bill before the beginning of next year when farm programs begin to expire, which would impact milk and food prices for families.”