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Aderholt: Ag approps bill ‘on standby’; White House issues veto threat

House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., said today that he has not been told by House leadership when the fiscal year 2014 Agriculture appropriations bill will come up, but it could still be this week.

After making a presentation on the bill to the House Rules Committee, Aderholt told reporters that this week “is still a possibility. We’re on standby.”

Although there have been rumors that the House leadership is reluctant to bring up the bill because leaders fear it will be a rehash of the problems on the failed farm bill, Aderholt said he believes members understand the appropriations bill is “very much different from the farm bill.”

House Agriculture Appropriations ranking member Sam Farr, D-Calif., who joined Aderholt in making the presentation, said he believes it will be a “forum” for discussion of farm bill issues and that there may be many amendments offered that will be ruled out of order because they would be considered legislating on an appropriations bill.

The House Rules Committee is expected to issue a rule on the bill later tonight.

The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement that the president’s advisers would recommend a veto of the bill because Congress has not passed an overall budget, but OMB also listed detailed criticisms of provisions in the bill.