By Erik Wasson - 09/18/13 10:07 PM EDT
Members of the whip team on the food stamp bill say they are not worried the vote will fail.
"It'll pass," said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said. Conaway is eager to complete the bill in order to jumpstart a House-Senate farm bill conference committee and complete the 2013 farm bill by packaging the new cuts into an integrated piece of legislation.
House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said he is done predicting what the House will do, however. A combined farm bill authored by Lucas failed on the House floor this summer, prompting Cantor to develop a food stamp bill with twice as many cuts in order to win over conservative naysayers.