But the benefits of having a combined bill come back to politics, noted Cornell University professor Andrew Novakovic.
"The thing that we understood going back 40 years, that putting these two sometimes competing but in many ways complimentary interests together really strengthens the politics of passing a combined bit of legislation," he said.
Proponents of separating the bill have their reasons, however. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., said separate consideration of the bill would allow the House to "move ahead with real solutions and reform instead of repeating the mistakes of the past."
Earlier in June, Stutzman filed amendments with the House Rules Committee to split the Farm Bill into separate bills on farm policy and food stamp policy. The amendments were not made in order by the Committee.
As debate about the way forward rages on, time is running out. Several priority issues, such as immigration reform and student loans, have yet to be considered in the House, leaving little time to address a bill that has already taken up two days' worth of time.
"If the planets all lined up and everybody agreed to agree, we could get this (farm bill) done by the end of September," added Novokovic, "but the chances of those planets lining up are just zero."
House lawmakers will return to Washington, D.C. July 8, though summer recess kicks off Aug. 3 and continues into the first week of September.
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