The House leadership has scheduled action on the 2001 farm bill for Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the House Agricultural Committee.

The bill had been put on the backburner after the terrorist attacks of September 11, but is scheduled to progress starting next week.

The House Rules Committee will likely meet Monday, Oct. 1, to set ground rules for the debate. Agricultural Committee staff members believe they can complete action on the bill in a little more than a day’s time.

Twenty-one farm and agricultural organizations have urged the House to return the farm bill to a priority status.

In addition, House Majority Leader Richard Armey (R-Texas) said in his report that trade promotion authority also could be debated in the coming days. The National Pork Producers Council is urging House and Senate leaders to schedule a vote on granting trade promotion authority to President Bush.