FarmPolicy

March 24, 2017

Sen. Toomey Urges Sugar Reform On The Senate Floor

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Chairwoman Stabenow Explains Policy Link Between Conservation / Crop Insurance

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sen. Ag. Comm. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) discussed the link between conservation compliance and federal crop insurance.

A video replay of Chairwoman Stabenow’s full remarks is available here, while the Senator’s remarks as prepared for delivery can be found below.

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I want to talk specifically today about the work we’re doing in the Conservation title of the Farm Bill. This is about jobs: Healthy wildlife habitats and clean, fishable waters are not only good for our environment, but they also support hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation that benefits our economy and creates jobs.

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Sen. Durbin Talks Crop Insurance

Categories: Farm Bill

Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Il) talked at length today on the Senate floor about an amendment to the Farm Bill which focuses on federal support for the crop insurance program.

A transcript of the Senator’s remarks, from the Congressional Record, can be viewed here.

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Sens. Inhofe, Stabenow Discuss SNAP Amendment to the Farm Bill

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On the Senate floor today, Sens. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) and Sen. Ag. Comm. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) disscused an amendment to the Farm Bill regarding the SNAP program.

A transcript of this discussion, from the Congressional Record, is available here.

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Video: Sen. Inhofe Discusses Amendment to Block Grant SNAP

Categories: Farm Bill

Today on the Senate floor, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) discussed an amendment to the Farm Bill regarding the SNAP program.

A transcript of Sen. Inhofe’s remarks, from the Congressional Record, is available here.

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Video: Sen. Shaheen Discusses Sugar Amendment

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) discussed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would change some aspects of U.S. sugar policy.

Sen. Shaheen noted that the reforms contained in the amendment would not eliminate the safety net for sugar producers.

American Sugar Alliance Video- Sugar Policy Perspective

Categories: Farm Bill

From the American Sugar Alliance: Sugar & America’s Food Security – A Free Market Approach:

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Video- Rep. McGovern Discusses SNAP, House Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

On the House floor today, Rep. Jim McGovern (D., Mass.), a member of the House Ag. Committee, discussed the SNAP program (food stamps) and the Committee passed Farm Bill, which contains approximately $20 billion in cuts to the program.

The House is expected to take up the Farm Bill in June, policy observers have noted that nutrition funding, which is the largest component of Farm Bill spending, will be contentious issue in the floor debate.

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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Immigration; and, CFTC

Farm Bill

A large number of amendments have been filed to the 2013 Farm Bill (S.954).  Yesterday, senators discussed the broad based legislation for a second day on the Senate floor, while considering four of the amendments to the measure.

Two of the amendments passed easily.  An update yesterday afternoon at the Senate Democrats Online discussed the two amendments, one that was proposed by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D., Wash.) (amendment #919 regarding Indian tribes – land and soil conservation programs) and the other by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) (amendment #945, as modified eligibility criteria for agriculture irrigation assistance).

And Ramsey Cox reported yesterday at The Hill’s Floor Action Blog that, “The Senate began amendment work Tuesday on a five-year farm bill, passing the first amendment with broad bipartisan support.

“The Senate voted 87-8 to accept an amendment introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). Her amendment would allow Indian tribes to participate in soil and water conservation programs…[A]fter the vote on Cantwell’s amendment, the Senate also approved Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-Ala.) amendment, which aims to clarify the eligibility criteria for those who qualify for agriculture irrigation assistance. His amendment was passed by voice vote.”

In contrast, two separate amendments that were related to the politically controversial nutrition program, which is the largest component of Farm Bill spending, both failed yesterday.

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