House Republican leaders may be falling short Friday in their effort to whip up support for a three-month farm bill.

If GOP leaders win support for the stopgap bill, it would come up for a vote next week before the current 2008 farm bill expires on Sept. 30.

Rep. Colin Peterson (D-Minn.), the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, predicted the effort would fail.

“They can try to move it but I don’t think they will. They don’t have the votes,” Peterson said.

Pressed if the votes would be there for the short-term bill, Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said he has not seen the whip count.