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July 28, 2017

Rep. Peterson Remarks During Farm Bill Debate

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House Ag. Comm. Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) remarks today on the floor during the Farm Bill debate.

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Rep. Conaway Speaks in Support of Farm Bill

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U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) spoke earlier this afternoon on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the farm bill.

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Costa Speaks Against Partisan, Unvetted Farm Bill

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Rep. Jim Costa (D., Calif.) spoke in opposition to a last minute, partisan Farm Bill that was brought to the House flood without committee debate. Unlike many of his Democratic colleagues, Costa supported the Farm Bill when it failed a few weeks ago because he believed in moving the process forward. This does not move forward; it moves process back.

Rep. Costa also made the following Tweet:

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Chairman Lucas- Farm Bill Remarks

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Today, Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 by a vote of 216-208.

“Today was an important step toward enacting a five-year farm bill this year that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty, provides regulatory relief to small businesses across the country, significantly reduces spending, and makes common-sense, market-oriented reforms to agricultural policy. I look forward to continuing conversations with my House colleagues and starting conversations with my Senate colleagues on a path forward that ultimately gets a farm bill to the President’s desk in the coming months,” said Chairman Frank Lucas.

A replay of the Chairman’s closing remarks during the Farm Bill debate today on the floor can be viewed here:

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Walz Rails Against Partisan, Broken Farm Bill

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On the House floor today, Rep. Tim Walz (D., Minn.) discussed the Farm Bill.

A related news release from today regarding the legislation from Rep. Walz is available here.

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Rep. Sessions Explains GOP Position on SNAP on House Floor

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On the House Floor today, Rep. Pete Sessions (R., Tex) explained the GOP position on the nutrition title.

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Minority Leader Pelosi Addresses Farm Bill Issues on House Foor

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On the House floor today, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) discussed the Farm Bill.

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Rep. Cleaver Discusses Nutrition Issues on House Floor

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Today on the House floor, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo) passionately discussed nutrition issues associated with the Farm Bill.

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Farm Bill; Smithfield Hearing; GMO Wheat; and, Immigration

Farm Bill:  House to Consider Farm-Only Farm Bill Today

Last night, on a 9-4 vote, the Rules Committee approved a closed rule for considering a “farm-only” Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) that does not include the nutrition title (Title IV).

At the Rules Committee meeting, both Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.), the Committee’s Ranking Member (audio clip – one minute), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D., Mass.) (audio clip– one minute), who also serves on the Agriculture Committee, argued for an open rule that would have allowed for amendments to the measure on the House floor.

The House floor schedule for today, released by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), indicated that, “On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:30- 11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:30- 1:30 p.m.”  H.R. 2642 was the only legislative item listed on the schedule for today.

Farm Bill news developments and background from yesterday, which preceded the Rules Committee announcement that it would consider the new Farm Bill measure, was posted yesterday evening at at FarmPolicy.com Online.

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “House Republicans will bring a new farm bill to the floor on Thursday that breaks the four-decade farm-and-food coalition by dropping nutrition spending from the legislation.

“House leaders became convinced Wednesday they have enough votes to pass a farm-only version of the legislation that avoids dealing with 80% of the spending that is now dedicated to nutrition programs.

“The bill would keep the same commodity, conservation, crop insurance and rural development provisions that were developed by the House Agriculture Committee and amended on the floor before the full farm bill failed to pass June 20. A key difference, however, is that the legislation also would repeal the 1938 and 1949 permanent farm law. The new Title I would become permanent law moving forward.”

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