WASHINGTON — Enough is enough.

The tone that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., used was one her children might be familiar with — that of a mother fed up with her children’s shenanigans.

“Frankly, enough is enough,” said Stabenow in a media conference call with reporters.

Ideally, Stabenow planned to bring good news to reporters on the Aug. 1 call about the “Farm Bill Path Forward.”

“When we originally set up this call, I had planned to be talking with you about our path to pre-conference, if not formally conference, the farm bill to come back in September and get it done,” she said.

However, that intention was thwarted when House Republicans, under the leadership of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., introduced their separate nutrition bill that would trim $40 billion over 10 years from nutrition programs and would add drug testing and work requirements to qualify for some nutrition benefits.

“It’s now put us in a situation where it’s going to make it harder to get a farm bill done. I know that the majority floor leader in the House does not want a farm bill. He’s made it clear from the beginning with everything he’s done,” Stabenow said.

However, she emphasized that others in the House continue to work for a farm bill.

“I do feel that the Speaker, (John Boehner), would like to get this done. I know that the leaders, certainly (House Agriculture Committee) Chairman (Frank) Lucas and Ranking Member (Collin) Peterson, would like to get this done, but with what is actually happening in the House, I am very concerned at this point,” she said.

Time is not on the side of lawmakers when they return from their August recess. Lawmakers bugged out of Washington on Aug. 2 and won’t return to session in both houses until Sept. 9.

“The House is in session for nine days in September, and the clock is running,” said Stabenow, adding that the Senate would be in session for five weeks starting Sept. 9.

The deadline on the current extension of the 2008 farm bill is Sept. 30.

Stabenow also expressed doubt that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and in both houses would vote for another extension.

“Certainly, there are those in the U.S. Senate and I know there are those in the House, as well, that will strongly fight any extension that includes direct payments,” said Stabenow, who said one such objection will come from Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

“I think this is a ticking time bomb, waiting to go off,” she said.

Stabenow questioned the motives of Cantor in putting up a nutrition bill that likely wouldn’t pass in the House and certainly not in the Democratic-controlled Senate, whose farm bill version cuts $2.4 billion from nutrition programs.

“I don’t understand the thinking in the House leadership when they’re talking about putting forward something that I’m not even sure can pass the House, certainly cannot become law and just creates another barrier to our getting a farm bill done,” she said.

Stabenow appeared to be marshalling the troops when she called for House lawmakers to stand up and speak out for a farm bill that could have a chance to move.

“Everyone that cares about agriculture in the House of Representatives needs to stand up and indicate that they are tired of this and they want for us to have an opportunity to go to conference and get this done,” she said.

At least one House member did just that.

Within an hour of the Stabenow press conference, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., expressed her disappointment at the action of the House leaders.

“I’m extremely disappointed by the continued politicization of the farm bill by Republican leadership in the House. The farmers I met with back home in Illinois are sick and tired of the games being played by Washington politicians and are thirsting for the certainty and predictability of a bipartisan five-year farm bill. I’ll repeat what I have said all along — both sides need to put the country first and come together to move this process forward,” she said.

Stabenow emphasized that an extension may not be as simple as many think.

“I think the biggest thing is whether or not we could even get an extension passed. Certainly the extension passed last year leaves out many things we’ve all said are priorities to fund and funds things that we’ve all said are a waste of taxpayer dollars. The top of the list are direct payments, and we’ve now voted twice in the Senate to eliminate direct payments,” she said. “The House needs to appoint conferees, we need to sit down and we need to get this done.”

Later in the day, Stabenow firmly put the ball in the House’s court as she appointed Senate farm bill conferees, herself; Ranking Member Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.; Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.; and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.