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Farm bill vote in House possible Wednesday morning

DANIEL LOOKER 01/28/2014 @ 10:55am Business Editor

The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees expressed optimism Tuesday that the House and Senate will soon pass a farm bill and that it will be signed by the President.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) said that the House Rules Committee will consider the farm bill today and a vote by the full House following. "I would expect it tomorrow, with passage there."

Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said that Senate Majority Leaders has promised a vote "as quickly as possible." Both leaders said they've had communications with the White House indicating that President Barack Obama will sign the bill.

Lucas acknowledged that some conservatives in his party who don't want to spend any money on a farm bill will not support it, as well as some urban Democrats.

"I’ve always known that the folks at both ends of the spectrum would not support us," Lucas said. "I think that will be there. I’m going to everything I can to make sure it happens."

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