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House Ag Chair speaks in Normal; doubts Farm Bill can be done before election

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:40:13 CDT
By: Lee Strubinger

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says he tried everything in his power to bring the Farm Bill up for a vote in the U.S. House. Republican Speaker John Boehner held the bill because it didn't have enough spending cuts. Speaking at a McLean County Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit, Lucas--who chairs the House Ag Committee--says unfortunately it takes drought-like conditions to bring awareness to the Farm Bill's importance.

"My call to my colleagues was, go home. Talk to your producers, in that 65% of the country where there is a drought, understand what's going on. Then come back in September with your new education and your better focus on these issues, and lets pass the farm bill."

The veteran Republican lawmaker says he is working on a bill with enough savings to convince conservative members of the House it's worth passing. Lucas says he doesn't see any version of the Farm Bill getting passed until after the election, sighting lack of time as the major stumbling block.

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