Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who chairs the House Committee on Agriculture, says the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), among other things, will complicate quick passage of a new farm bill.
Speaking with AgriTalk Radio’s Mike Adams on Thursday, Lucas said following the court’s ruling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) quickly announced the House will vote on repealing the bill. Indeed, a release on Cantor’s website says he plans to hold a vote on July 11.
“The lines are clearly drawn,” Lucas says. “The body that passed this when Speaker Pelosi was in charge now is a body now under speaker Boehner that will vote for repeal.” What the Senate will do is less clear, he adds.
Debate on the ACA could delay action on the farm bill, Lucas believes. “It makes the farm-bill process more complicated, but I’m not sure, Mike, that you could have made the process any less complicated the way things have been going lately.”