Boehner says he will support farm bill, giving legislation a major boost

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner says he will vote for a wide-ranging farm bill headed to the House floor this month, a major boost for the five year, half-trillion dollar legislation that stalled in the House last year.

The Ohio Republican voted against the last farm bill in 2008 and said Wednesday that he still has concerns. But doing nothing, Boehner says, means “that we get no changes in the farm program, no changes in the nutrition program.”

Almost 80 per cent of the bill’ cost goes to the food stamps, which have more than doubled in cost since 2008. The farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee last month cuts that program by 3 per cent and eliminates some farm subsidies.

The Senate passed its version of the farm bill Monday.