On Wednesday night during the markup of the 2013 Farm Bill, the House Ag Committee debated, and ultimately passed an amendment by Rep. Steve King (R, Iowa) relating to the Commerce Clause and the production of agricultural products.
The debate on the amendment was spirited and lengthy, and is of particular interest to producers involved in animal production.
May 14 (Bloomberg) — “The ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee and his predecessor were on different sides today as the panel worked through the new farm bill. Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga speaks with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Bottom Line.'” (Source: Bloomberg)
DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “The markup of the Senate version of the farm bill translated into few substantive changes in the legislation, but Tuesday’s three-and-a-half-hour debate highlighted the philosophical and regional split among Republicans over target prices.
“The bill, formally named the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, passed out of committee early Tuesday afternoon on a vote of 15-5. Four Republicans [Roberts, Thune, Johanns, McConnell] and one Democrat [Gillibrand] voted against it.
“Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told reporters afterward that floor debate on the Senate farm bill could begin as early as Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the bill will come up immediately after the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is finished. Final votes on that bill are expected Wednesday.”