Pelosi ‘Not Confident’ Farm Bill Can Pass by Sept. 30

Posted August 2, 2013 at 12:36pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned Friday whether a farm bill can reach the president’s desk by the Sept. 30 deadline with Republicans eyeing a $40 billion cut to the food stamp program.

The California Democrat told reporters she is “not confident” a deal would be reached, questioning whether Republicans voting for double the cuts they originally proposed would agree to a compromise with the Senate shortly thereafter.

“To put their members on record as supporting $40 billion in cuts, that really makes the path back the harder one for the farm bill,” she said. “What comes back would have to have strong bipartisan support, and can they  produce any votes on their side that doesn’t cut [so much]?”

Money to float the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was severed from the farm bill earlier this summer after objections from conservatives demanding deeper cuts.

The Senate bill cuts $4 billion from food stamps over a decade, one-tenth as much.