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Cantor Won't Hit Pause Button on Farm Bill

Chris Clayton
By  Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor apparently won't press another pause button on the farm ill.

Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, sent a memo out Friday to other House Republicans. In it, Cantor outlined several key agenda items for the spring and summer, including another repeal vote on Obamacare, legislation to avoid rising interest rates for student loans and a bill to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct more cost-benefit analysis for rule-making.

In his memo, Cantor also stated on the summer agenda "and we will consider a farm bill produced by the Agriculture Committee and Frank Lucas."

The House Ag Committee is set for a May 15 markup for the farm bill and shooting to reduce the projected 10-year spending by $38 billion compared to current budget estimates.

Last year, following the U.S. Senate passing its farm bill off the floor, Cantor said he would have to hit the "pause button" on the farm bill. The House did not take up the legislation despite a bi-partisan bill that moved out of committee last summer.

In the memo, Cantor also stated in his memo to members that House Republicans will push the administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., has spearheaded H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.

Cantor also said legislation will come forward from committees "to address the high cost of energy." That could translate into legislation involving the Renewable Fuels Standard.

The full memo was posted on the website for The Hill.…

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