Some have been pointing to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., as the culprit.
But one senior aide to a House GOP leader, who is on neither the staffs of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, nor Cantor, said Thursday that there simply are not enough votes yet to pass it.
That aide declined to give the current break-down of the counting being done by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. But even with potential Democratic help? The senior GOP aide said that was so.
The Senate passed a five-year farm bill back in the spring. And House Agriculture Committee passed a bill.
But whatever the real reasoning for it now being in limbo, Republicans are getting their lumps for planning to leave Washington until after the Nov. 6 elections without taking action.
On Friday, Boehner said the House would deal with the bill after the election, but did not go much beyond that.
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