Funding authorization for food stamps is being split off from the five-year farm bill that failed to gain House passage last month, which could trigger a floor vote on the farm-only piece later this week.
A House Republican leadership aide say language for that piece will be posted as early as Tuesday night by the Rules Committee.
The funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and other nutrition programs will be dealt with separately, the aide said, although exactly when is unclear.
The Rules Committee is to meet Wednesday to set the floor procedures for a possible vote this week on the farm-only portion.
House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has said that he would support splitting the farm bill if it can pass the House.
The move to split food stamps from the bill comes as some conservatives inside and out of Congress have been demanding deeper cuts than were originally called for in the House bill. Sixty-two Republicans joined a majority of Democrats in voting against the original $940 billion package, of which nutrition programs account for nearly 80 percent. The bill was defeated 195-234.
The Senate has already passed its version of the farm bill, and how a pair of house bills might be reconciled with that chamber is uncertain.
This article appears in the July 10, 2013 edition of NJ Daily.