Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., called party leadership's inability to move forward on the farm bill unacceptable. He said it's imperative that the House and Senate versions of the bill find their way to conference committee to produce a final version.
Berg said his top priority during the recess is to continue dialogue with fellow legislators on bringing the bill to a vote.
"I'll be working with them every single day until we have a farm bill," Berg said.
Berg recently gave House leadership a letter signed by 61 legislators calling for a vote on the bill. He said he intends on going further. Berg said he's attempting to gather the signatures of a majority, or 218 members, of Congress in what is called a discharge petition. If the required signatures for such a motion are gathered and submitted a bill then must be brought to the floor for a vote.
Berg said he couldn't speculate on the odds of success for such a motion but that "I'm hoping that there's momentum building."
Berg added that a motion to adjourn for the summer recess failed. He voted against the motion to adjourn, adding that the House can be brought back into session during the August recess.
"The time to pass a farm bill is right now," Berg said.