Cantor vows action on ‘revised farm bill’

House Republicans will return to farm bill legislation this month, according to Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorGOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington House Republicans find silver lining in minority MORE (R-Va.).

In a memo outlining the conference’s legislative agenda for July, Cantor said Republicans would revisit the farm bill — an issue that divided them last month and led to a rare failure of legislation on the House floor.

"Members should be prepared to act on a revised farm bill,” Cantor said in the memo.


Conservatives have pressed Cantor and other GOP leaders to break the farm bill in two by splitting the spending on agriculture from food stamps. It’s unclear from Cantor’s memo what form the “revised” bill might take.

Other items on the House agenda for July, according to Cantor’s memo, include energy, education and oversight of government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service.

The memo from Cantor provides few clues as to the GOP’s next move on immigration. While energy, "stop government abuse," "student success act for a better future," and “appropriations" each got multiple lengthy paragraphs in the memo, immigration reform and a farm bill are mentioned only briefly.

“The House may begin consideration of the border security measures that have been passed by the Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees and begin reviewing other immigration proposals," Cantor writes near the end of the memo.

"I look forward to our special conference on July 10th on how to fix broken our broken immigration system. We will also consider options moving forward on ObamaCare now that the administration delayed the employer mandate."

The Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform proposal last week, but a number of top Republicans have said that measure is dead on arrival. Lawmakers have been moving forward with a set of smaller bills.

Some legislators in the House suggested that the chamber should focus an alternative immigration bill. Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Trump adviser expected to leave White House, join Juul The Hill's 12:30 Report: McGahn inflames Dem divisions on impeachment MORE (R-Ohio) has also said he would not bring an immigration reform bill to the House floor unless it has the support of the majority of Republicans in the House.