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April 29, 2017

Leader Cantor, Whip Hoyer- Post Farm Bill Vote Discussion on House Floor

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After the Farm Bill failed to pass on the House floor today, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) had a spirited exchange on the floor. A large portion of that exchange can be viewed below.

A complete transcript of this exchange from the Congressional Record can be viewed here.

And a transcript of the debate over the “Southerland Amendment,” which was referred to in the debate between Reps. Cantor and Hoyer, can be viewed here.

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Chairman Lucas Speaking on the House Floor Before Final Vote on FARRM

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Video: Farm Bill Payment Limits Amendment, No. 100 on House Floor

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On Thursday, House Members debated Amendment No. 100 to the Farm Bill which was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R.,Neb.). The amendment, “Reduces farm program payment limits, capping commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. The legislation also closes loopholes in current law to ensure payments reach working farmers, their intended recipients.

Below is a video replay of the debate on that amendment.

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Video: Farm Bill Dairy Amendment, No. 99 on House Floor

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On Thursday morning, House Members debated Amendment No. 99 to the Farm Bill which was sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), “The Amendment would remove Subtitle D PART I— ‘DAIRY PRODUCER MARGIN PROTECTION AND DAIRY MARKET STABILIZATION PROGRAMS’ and replaces it with a new ‘Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program.’

“The amendment provides dairy producers with the option to annually enroll in a new margin insurance program at levels of $4.00 and up to $8.00 in increments of fifty cents. Based on the highest annual of three previous calendar years of their milk marketing’s, dairy producers are allowed to elect their coverage level and the percentage of coverage up to 80% at the start of the program and annually thereafter.

“Dairy producers are also allowed to update their production history annually. The Secretary is required to make payments to dairy producers enrolled in the program whenever the actual dairy producer margin drops below $4.00 (or below a higher level of coverage up to $8.00). The amendment leaves the rest of the underlying dairy title intact, including the removal of the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the MILC Program, and the Dairy Export Assistance Program and the reauthorization of the 1996 FMMO additional order provision.”

Below is a video replay of the debate on that amendment.

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Video: Farm Bill Sugar Amendment, No. 98 on House Floor

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On Thursday morning, House Members debated Amendment No. 98 to the Farm Bill which was sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (R., Pa.). The amendment, “Reforms the Federal sugar program, and for other purposes. Primarily, it returns the raw sugar cane price support to its historic level of 18 cents per pound and continues to establish the refined beet sugar price support at 128.5% of the cane rate.

“In addition, it amends provisions for sugar marketing allotments by repealing a provision that establishes allotments at no less than 85% of domestic consumption. Furthermore, it repeals current restrictions on the Secretary of Agriculture’s authority to adjust import quotas for raw and refined sugar and repeals the Feedstock Flexibility Program under which surplus sugar must be purchased by the federal government and re-sold to ethanol plants at a loss.”

Below is a video replay of the debate on that amendment.

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Farm Bill

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Farm Bill- House Methodically Tackles Amendments; Still Possible to Finish Work on the Bill Today

After the Rules Committee determined late Tuesday night that 103 amendments were in order for the Farm Bill, the full House moved yesterday to debate and pass the rule to provide for the consideration of the legislation.

Lawmakers passed that measure by a vote of 239-177.

However, Erik Wasson pointed out yesterday at The Hill’s On the Money Blog that some groups were not happy about the Rules Committee decision to limit some amendments for consideration: “Deficit hawks at Taxpayers for Common Sense are enraged Wednesday by limits imposed by the House Rules Committee on farm bill amendments.

“The committee allowed votes on 103 out of 229 amendments, but the group says some of the best cost-cutting reforms were ruled out of order. They said the Rules Committee did not abide by Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) call for an open farm bill debate.”

During the debate on the rule for consideration of the Farm Bill, discussion among Members returned to the controversial issue of nutrition cuts that were contained in the legislation.

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Farm Bill- Crop Insurance Debate, Amendment 47

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On Wednesday night, Members debated an amendment sponsored by Reps. Ron Kind (D., Wis.), Tom Petri (R., Wis.) and others that, “Limits premium subsidies to those producers with an AGI under $250,000 and limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000 and caps crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12%. Introduces transparency into the crop insurance program.”

A video replay of this debate is available here. The House will vote on this amendment, #47, on Thursday.

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