The heat is turning up on the House of Representatives as time runs short to get a food stamp bill passed to go along with the farm bill passed last week.
It's been a rollercoaster for the farm bill this summer. The Senate passed its version on June 20, but ten days later, the House spit the bit, failing to pass its own version. After three weeks of heated debate, the House did manage to pass a revised version that omitted the food stamp program.
Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer said time is of the essence if the House wants to accomplish passing a food stamp bill.
"Just a little over two weeks left until members go back to their congressional districts for the month of August," Neugebauer said. "If we're going to get something done on that title, you know certainly, it would have to happen next week or the following week. Otherwise, that would kick that back into September. And the issue begins, time begins to run out because on Sept. 30, the current farm bill will expire."
Neugebauer said his goal is to still get a five-year farm bill passed before that Sept. 30 date.