Farm Bill Issues
David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Taking no more chances, the House Republican leadership put a little of its muscle to work Wednesday evening to ensure smooth sailing for a livestock disaster aid package before members go home for the August recess.
“The $383 million bill had been slated to come to the floor Thursday under expedited procedures requiring a two-thirds majority. But rather than risk falling short, the House Rules Committee – an arm of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) – was called back into session to effectively lower the threshold to a simple majority.
“The bill will come up now Thursday with a conventional rule, approved by the Rules Committee quickly, allowing one hour of debate and no amendments.” (Note that a video replay of yesterday’s Rules Committee hearing is available here).