"The Republican conference is divided on the farm bill, presenting [House Speaker John] Boehner with one of his biggest challenges since the fiscal cliff battle. Funding for the farm programs has been such a thorny issue that leaders never brought a bill to the floor in 2012.
"Rural Republicans want to see the five-year farm subsidy measure enacted and would be angered with leadership if they pulled the bill. GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) is pushing to get a farm bill done, while Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has not said how he will vote.
"But Boehner and the GOP leadership are under pressure from fiscal conservatives to make deeper cuts from food stamps and from payments to producers."As the Heritage Foundation blog The Foundry notes, "This isn’t a 'farm' bill. It’s a food stamps-and-whatever-else-Congress-can-throw-in bill."
- Bob Davis