Lawmakers supportive of a stalled House farm bill say they have the votes to pass the measure.
Those assertions, made Friday by Republicans and Democrats, directly contradict recent claims by GOP leaders. Before recessing the House on Friday, Republican leaders said the reason why they weren’t moving the five-year bill was because it lacked the votes.
A group of GOP and Democratic lawmakers from agriculture districts launched an eleventh-hour whip count earlier this week aimed at proving Republican leaders wrong. They polled their House colleagues with a simple question: Would you vote for the farm bill that passed the Agriculture Committee?