A day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor blasted Republican committee chairmen for failing to pass the $940 billion Farm Bill
, Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said he would reluctantly consider splitting the bill, Politico reports
Cantor himself is pushing the plan. The separate bills would mean the requirement for food stamp recipients to be working or looking for a job would be in its own bill.
Conservatives back that plan because it would allow passage without them having to vote for food stamp funding. But GOP opponents say the plan takes away leverage the House has with the Senate in getting food stamp reforms.
"We could end up with a farm safety-net rural development bill only," Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, told Politico. “Why would the Senate force any reforms to the nutrition program?”
Despite the willingness to split the bill, it still faces an uphill battle to get the needed 218 Republican votes.
"If there are not 218 votes, if there is no assurance of success, why try the effort," Lucas said.
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