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February 24, 2019

Rep. Edwards Requests GOP Leadership Return, Work on Farm Bill, other Bills

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From C-SPAN, Sep. 25- Today on the House Floor, during pro forma session, Representative Donna Edwards (D., Md.) made a request to call Congress back into session to take up legislation Democrats wanted debated and passed, including the Farm Bill. The Speaker Pro Tempore, Steven C. LaTourette (R., Ohio) ruled that Representative Edwards had not put forth a proper parliamentary inquiry.

Seung Min Kim reported today at Politico that, “Let the recess shenanigans begin.

“House Democrats kicked off the six-week stretch until the Nov. 6 election with a futile push during Tuesday’s pro forma session to act on the impending fiscal cliff, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the farm bill.

“‘The American people deserve answers, and they deserve action,’ Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) said on the House floor, addressing Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), who presided over the brief session. ‘They deserve more than simply a pro forma session … Democrats are committed to returning to Washington.'”

The Politico article added that, “Kevin Smith, a Boehner spokesman, replied to Tuesday’s episode: ‘While the president and Senate Democrats have done nothing, Republicans have passed legislation to stop all the looming tax hikes that will cost 700,000 jobs and replace the president’s sequester that threatens our troops.

“‘If House Democrats are so desperate to work on these issues, they should call the president and Senate Democrats and ask them to get their act together,’ Smith added.”

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Farm Bill – Policy Issues; Budget; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill – Policy Issues

Alex Daniels reported yesterday at The Arkansas Democrat Gazette Online that, “Unable to complete work on a comprehensive agriculture bill Friday, lawmakers streamed out of Washington for the next two months to harvest votes.

“The Senate passed its version of the farm bill in June, and the House Agriculture Committee followed in July, passing its version on a lopsided bipartisan vote. But as election season neared, the House Republican leadership declined to put the matter up for a floor vote.”

The article noted that, “Arkansas’ U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, said he was ‘puzzled’ about the House’s inaction.

“‘Frustrated’ is how his Republican colleague, Arkansas’ U.S. Sen. John Boozman, put it.

“Both senators voted against the bill in the upper chamber on the belief that it treated Southern growers unfairly compared with their Midwestern counterparts. But they thought the House bill addressed those concerns and that a compromise between the two could be reached before Congress recessed.”

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