Peterson Hoping For Enough Votes on Farm Bill

Ag Committee Ranking Member concerned that SNAP cuts may be big point of contention

Published on: Jun 4, 2013

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is hopeful a new Farm Bill will pass this summer in the House, though he says there is concern that there won't be enough votes.

Peterson spoke Monday to National Grange members during the group's annual Washington, D.C. fly-in.

"If we can't get the votes then I think we're done until the next election," Peterson said during his luncheon address at the National Press Club. "But this might be the last Farm Bill."

Peterson said the bill is making some progress, and is expected to come to the House floor on the week of June 17.

In spite of nearly $21 billion in proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Peterson said some Republicans still may not budge.

Ag Committee Ranking Member concerned that SNAP cuts may be big point of contention
Ag Committee Ranking Member concerned that SNAP cuts may be big point of contention

"Some Republicans tell me that the high water mark among the Republican Caucus is 150 (votes)," Peterson said. "I agreed to the SNAP cuts because Lucas thought it's what needed to be done in order to get the votes. For some of them, $21 billion isn't enough. For some of them, $100 billion wouldn't be enough."

Peterson said he and Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., are working to limit the number of amendments to no more than 30.

Meanwhile, the Senate continues work on their version of the bill, which offers only $4 billion in cuts to SNAP programs.

Source: National Grange

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