The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


House adjourns; farm bill debate to resume at 9 a.m.

The House ended farm bill debate shortly before midnight and will go back into session at 9 a.m.

Before the House adjourned, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said five amendments remain to be debated today.

“We will conclude this experience on time, and in a fashion that is appropriate for this august body,” Lucas said. “That is, we may pass a bill.”

The Republican Cloakroom, a website of Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, tweeted that the first votes are expected at around 9:30 a.m.

Earlier Wednesday evening, Lucas said members would be able to meet their scheduled 3 p.m. departure time today, but he did not say whether that would mean that final passage on the farm bill would take place before they leave.

Lucas told reporters late Wednesday afternoon that there was still a shot — if just an outside one — that the farm bill could get wrapped up this week, The Hill reported.

The House has voted on a large number of amendments, but key amendments on sugar and dairy and other issues remain to be addressed.