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February 25, 2020

Video Clip: Minority Leader Pelosi Remarks on the Farm Bill- Thursday

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(Video from NBC News)- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) commented on the House failure to pass a Farm Bill on Thursday.

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Video: New Farm Bill Urgently Needed Says Agriculture Secretary

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From USDA, Jun 21, 2013- “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was on the road urging passage of a new Farm Bill.”

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Farm Bill

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Farm Bill- House Measure Falls Short

Prelude to a Final Vote

On the House floor yesterday, Members voted on series of amendments that had been debated Wednesday.

A closely watched vote was on a measure sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D., Wis.) (#47) that would have altered variables relating to the crop insurance program.

On Wednesday night, Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) spoke out against the amendment in support of the current structure of the crop insurance system; a FarmPolicy.com transcript of their remarks can be viewed here.

Amendment #47 failed to pass on a vote of 208- 217.

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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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Farm Bill; Appropriations; and, Immigration

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Farm Bill: House Floor Discussion Begins as Uncertainty About Final Passage Lingers-  Rules Committee: 103 Amendments Made in Order, Final Vote Could “Spill” Into Next Week 

Lawmakers began discussing the Farm Bill on the House floor yesterday afternoon while the Rules Committee simultaneously sought to determine which of the over 225 amendments to the measure would be considered for votes.

Late last night, the Rules Committee reconvened to report the rule for H.R. 1947.

According to a Rules Committee “wrap-up” that was released today, a total of 103 amendments were made in order.

The Rules Committee list of amendments and the update status of those amendments has been posted at this Rules Committee webpage.

And the House floor schedule for today indicated that, “On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.”

The update added that, “The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order the following amendments
and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc:

A full list of the 103 amendments made in order can be found HERE.”

Meanwhile, members from rural districts were “scrambling” to secure the necessary 218 votes necessary to pass the legislation.

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Farm Bill; and, Trade

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Farm Bill- Policy Issues

The House Rules Committee convened yesterday and began a discussion relating to the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947).

At yesterday’s meeting, Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) fielded several general questions about the legislation and provided an overview of some key variables of the law.

In an exchange with Rep. Rob Woodall (R., Ga.), Chairman Lucas noted changes contained in the Bill that impact the commodity title, as well as the SNAP program, and indicated that the Ag Committee sought “to achieve a balance.”

“What I think Collin and I and the committee attempted to do on the commodity side was to say that certain policies such as the old direct payment program from 1996, while it might still be the most WTO trade compliant law, was unsustainable in the eyes of the membership and eyes of the popular press, which sometimes doesn’t always get into the details,” Chairman Lucas said.

With respect to the nuances of the changes in SNAP, Chairman Lucas explained that: “Now in some things like ‘Cat El’ that the ranking member alluded to, categorical eligibility, there are a number of states, 40 something, approximately, that use some law from the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 to say that if you qualify for certain federal welfare benefits, you automatically get food stamps.  We simply say in the bill you’ve got to apply—demonstrate your income, demonstrate your assets and we’ll help you, but you’ve just got to apply.”

Chairman Lucas added that, “LIHEAP [Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program] is a program where a handful of states have used the flexibility of the ’96 law to say that if we are helping you with your home heating costs, then you can automatically qualify for a full month’s worth of food stamps.  In the bill we simply say, not to take away a state’s ability to decide how they should use their own resources, we simply say instead of sending out one dollar to get a full month’s worth of food stamps, you have to send out $20.  That saves about $8 billion.”

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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Regulations; Biofuels; and, Immigration

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On the House Floor Friday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) discussed the upcoming floor schedule and the Farm Bill (video replay and transcript available here).

Rep. Cantor stated that, “Chairman Frank Lucas and the members of the Agriculture Committee have worked very hard to produce a 5-year farm bill with strong reforms, and I look forward to a full debate on the floor.”

Seemingly less confident that the measure will reach a vote on the floor, Rep. Hoyer indicated that, “If I can ask him [Cantor] a question initially about the farm bill, which has obviously been very controversial in the past, still remains controversial in many ways, and I’m wondering, in light of the fact that the Senate passed a farm bill in a pretty bipartisan way, 66–27, with 18 Republicans voting in favor, but I know the Speaker has observed the divisions within the Republican Conference, and obviously there are some divisions within our caucus as well, and I’m wondering whether or not in fact the gentleman is confident that we will get to completion and a vote on the farm bill next week.”

Rep. Cantor replied: “I would respond by saying that it’s certainly our intention to complete deliberation on the farm bill. The Speaker has continued to commit himself and our conference to an open process for this House, and I look forward to a robust debate on what, as the gentleman knows, has been a bipartisan effort at the committee.”

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Video: Leader Cantor, Whip Hoyer Discuss Farm Bill

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On the House floor today, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) discussed the Farm Bill.

A transcript of the discussion can be viewed here.

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Farm Bill; Appropriations; Ag Economy; and, Immigration

Farm Bill- House Developments, Chairman Lucas

An update posted yesterday at the Oklahoma Farm Report Online noted that, “The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, talked with Farm Director Ron Hays about the latest farm bill developments on Thursday morning.”  (A replay of the discussion with Chairman Lucas and Ron Hays is available here).

The Oklahoma Farm Report update added that, “Lucas told Hays he expects the farm bill to come up on the House floor next week, assuming that the whip count shows that they are close to the 218 votes needed for final passage. He expressed his hope that by Monday the Rules Committee would put out a call for amendments – which he expects hundreds of. Lucas says he has had conversations with the Chairman of the House Rules Committee and that he is expecting the Rules Committee will sort through the amendments, realize redundancy isn’t a good use of time and limit the number of amendments on each subject.

The Lucas definition of an ‘open discussion’ on the floor of the House is not for every one of two or three hundred amendments to be heard and possibly voted onbut for all major points of view to have their concerns aired and voted on. This would result in each of the major areas of the bill to be open for consideration in an open but orderly process and the Chairman believes the House will end up voting on 30 to 40 amendments covering every title- including food stamps, sugar, dairy, conservation and crop insurance.”

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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Regulations; and, Immigration

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Jake Sherman reported yesterday at Politico that, “Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he would vote for the House’s farm bill, despite reservations.”

At a news conference yesterday, Speaker Boehner had this exchange with a reporter, which was the last question at the briefing: “Would you vote for the farm bill (as it stands) today?

“Speaker Boehner: I’ve got concerns about the farm bills, I told our members. But doing nothing means that we get no changes in the farm program, no changes in the nutrition program.  And as a result, I’m going to vote for the farm bill to make sure that the good work of the agriculture committee and whatever the floor might to do improve this bill, that it gets to a conference so that we can get the kind of changes that people want in our nutrition programs and our farm programs.”

Mr. Sherman pointed out in his Politico article that, “Passing the farm bill, which will come to the House floor this month, will be one of the toughest tasks for the Ohio Republican’s leadership team. Members of leadership are already working to assuage concerns about several of the bill’s provisions.”

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