Overall, Boehner said he was pleased with the number of reforms offered in the bill, especially the end of direct payments – which is also included in the Senate bill – and changes to the food stamp program.
“As a longtime proponent of top-to-bottom reform, my concerns about our country’s farm programs are well known," Boehner said, noting that his concerns last year with the dairy provisions haven't subsided.
"I oppose those [dairy] provisions and will support efforts on the House floor to change them appropriately. And I encourage other members of the House to approach this process in the same spirit," Boehner said. "If you have ideas on how to make the bill better, bring them forward. Let’s have the debate, and let’s vote on them."
Like Boehner, there remain a few groups that aren't so certain about provisions in the Senate's bill, and hope for a change in the House version.
Scott Faber, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the Environmental Working Group, wrote in a blog post Tuesday his reasons to oppose the bill.
Among them, he said, crop insurance subsidies would rise to $100 billion over the next 10 years, while failing to limit subsidies to the largest farms. EWG also opposes an increase to price guarantees.
But Faber's comments come in contrast to a majority of farm groups that are ready to avoid last summer's House delay, noting they are ready to cooperate with House members in ensuring quick passage of the bill, expected to commence next week.
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