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An 'Uphill Battle' to Get Farm Bill Passed, McCarthy Says An 'Uphill Battle' to Get Farm Bill Passed, McCarthy Says

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An 'Uphill Battle' to Get Farm Bill Passed, McCarthy Says


House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July, 11, 2012, after the Republican-controlled House voted 244-185 to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)((AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite))

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy on Monday gave a somewhat confusing account of the exact status of the Farm Bill, which passed out of committee earlier this month.

Speaking to reporters gathered in his office, McCarthy said that Republican House leaders are working to "educate" their members about the contents of the bill, and surmised "we have an uphill battle" in getting it passed.

McCarthy, a California Republican, blamed some of the difficulty on opposition to the bill he said is being waged by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

But McCarthy said he and others are "walking through" the contents of the bill with rank-and-file Republicans, and that "we're making sure we have the votes.

"When we have the votes, we'll move it," McCarthy said.

When pressed, McCarthy sought to clarify that he and other Republican leaders have not actually begun to formally "whip" -- or count -- House GOP votes in support or opposition to the bill.

"I have not whipped anything on it."

But McCarthy told the reporters, "It's our intention to get it done." Asked about a timeframe, he said only "get it done before the end of the year."

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