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GOP chairman Rogers undecided on food stamp bill

{mosads}”It’s just too much, too quick, and we can’t be talking about possibly shutting the government down at the same time we’re cutting food stamps. We have to do one thing at a time,” he said. House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a gambit to force Obama to defund ObamaCare by attaching legislation to do that to a must-pass spending bill. 

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. 

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