Farm Bill Issues
Peter Schroeder and Erik Wasson reported yesterday at The Hill’s On The Money Blog that, “The House Agriculture Committee will begin a markup Wednesday of a farm bill that exceeds $900 billion in total spending. The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), said he expects a slew of amendments to the bill, including some eliminating controversial cuts to food stamps.
“The House markup of the farm bill could last for days, with wide-ranging debates over everything from sugar quotas to biofuel support to increased funding for fruits and vegetable research. There is no sign yet that the bill is headed for a full House vote, although sources says that the markup means there will be no Agricultural appropriations bills, covering administrative funding for USDA, coming to the floor any time soon.”