UPDATED Cantor: House farm bill will reach floor this summer

Published on: May 7, 2013

In a memo to House Republicans, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said he expects a "heavy legislative workload in the summer months leading up to the August recess" and the farm bill will be included.

"We will consider a farm bill produced by the Agriculture Committee and Frank Lucas," Cantor wrote. "We have a busy legislative agenda planned this summer and our schedule will undoubtedly require further additions."

Lucas plans to markup the farm bill May 15 in the House Agriculture Committee. The Senate officially announced it plans to do its committee work on the bill on May 14 at 10 a.m.

In April, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) said it was Cantor who held up last year's action on the farm bill with hopes that the Senate and presidency would change over to Republican control.

Peterson said although House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) was often blamed for not bringing the bill to the floor, "he wasn't in any position to bring the hammer down."

Boehner had been outspoken about the dairy provisions approved by the House Ag Committee which included a market stabilization mechanism to limit milk supplies if prices dropped too much.

A major difference between the House and Senate farm bill versions also included widely different levels of funding reductions for food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The House is shooting for total cuts at $38 billion, with as much as $28 to $30 billion coming from SNAP. The Senate is estimating a target of $23 billion in savings, although only $4.5 billion from SNAP.