House Republicans will have to find the votes to pass the bill, said Kam Quarles, director of legislative affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based McDermott Will & Emery law firm, Even with the nutrition title split from the farm bill, some conservatives are likely to oppose some farm programs. That could make the math to get to the 218 votes necessary for passage difficult, Quarles said.
After four decades of combining nutrition programs and farm programs, Quarles said it is challenging to break the connection and still find votes to pass the farm bill.
“It’s not impossible but it sure makes it hard,” he said.
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