FarmPolicy

September 19, 2019

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Regulations; and, Immigration

Farm Bill

Matt Fuller reported yesterday at Roll Call Online that, “The House moved its farm bill one step closer to conference with the Senate Tuesday, when it made a procedural move that formally sent the legislation without food stamp provisions over to the Senate.

“Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said Monday she was ‘pretty stunned’ House leaders had not yet sent the bill over to the Senate. ‘This is a very positive step,’ Stabenow said upon hearing the news Tuesday that the bill had be sent to the Senate.”

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Chairwoman Stabenow Notes Farm Bill Activity on Senate Floor

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Ag. Comm. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) indicated that procedures for starting a conference committee on the Farm Bill should begin this week.

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Farm Bill; and, the Ag Economy

Farm Bill Issues

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow called on House Republican leaders Monday to begin talks promptly on their pared-back farm bill rather than wait for the House to act on a separate nutrition and food stamp package later this month or in September.

“‘I’m calling on [Speaker John Boehner] to send us what was passed on Thursday so that we can begin to go to conference,’ the Michigan Democrat said. Stabenow described herself as ‘pretty stunned’ last week by comments by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suggesting talks might have to wait until after the nutrition bill is voted on.” [See specific remarks by Rep. Cantor on the House Floor from last Thursday at this page of the Congressional Record.]

“‘We’re anxious to go. I am very concerned that the process begins this week,’ Stabenow said in a conference call with reporters. ‘We have only six legislative weeks before the current farm bill extension expires. … There’s no reason to wait or delay the process anymore.’”

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Video: Farm Bill Drama Heats Up

Categories: Farm Bill

July 15, by The Hill’s Erik Wasson,”Senate Democrats and House Republicans are fighting for leverage on the $1 trillion farm bill.

Democrats are accusing GOP leaders of blocking a conference committee, and on Monday urged them to act ‘right away’ to begin the process of reconciling their competing proposals.”

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Farm Bill; and the Ag Economy

Farm Bill: “Permanent Law” Issues, and a Path Forward Remains Murky

Financial Times writer Stephanie Kirchgaessner reported last week that, “Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill along party lines on Thursday that for the first time in decades stripped the legislation of food stamps in order to win over conservatives.”

The FT article noted that, “The House bill also ended a long held provision known as ‘permanent law’ that for years had served as an incentive for lawmakers to update the farm bill every five years or risk huge hikes in commodity prices.

“‘It may have a lot of unintended consequences,’ said Kam Quarles, director of legislative affairs at McDermott Will & Emery who deals with agriculture policy.”

David Grant reported last week at the Christian Science Monitor Online that, “The House farm bill makes the 2013 law the permanent rule. As such, the subsidies and support programs in place today would continue indefinitely without future farm authorizations…[D]emocrats like Representative [Collin Peterson (D., Minn.)] believe taking away pressure on Congress will allow future farm bills to lapse even longer than the nearly two years that the current measure took to pass the House of Representatives.”

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House Democrats to the Hungry: We Will Not Leave You Behind

Categories: Farm Bill

July 12- “House Republicans voted for a partisan Farm Bill that failed to include SNAP & other nutrition programs. House Democrats took to the floor to stand up for children, seniors, and America’s most vulnerable families.”

Note also a related Associated Press article from Friday titled, “FACT CHECK: Farm bill doesn’t end food stamps.”

The AP article stated that, “One after another, angry Democrats took to the House floor to say Republicans would increase hunger in America by stripping food stamps from the farm bill.

In reality, though, the bill passed by the House on Thursday didn’t deal with food stamps at all. And the lack of congressional action on food stamps could keep the $80 billion-a-year program untouched by any cuts.”

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Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga Discusses Ag Economy- Farm Bill

July 11 (Bloomberg)– “House Republicans passed a five-year U.S. farm-policy bill that retains subsidies to farmers and strips out food-stamp spending, costing it Democratic support. Alan Bjerga reports on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Bottom Line.'”

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Farm Bill; and, The Ag Economy

Farm Bill: Farm-Only Farm Bill Narrowly Passes House

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “The House narrowly passed a pared-back farm bill Thursday after Republican leaders stripped out the nutrition title — impacting food stamps and local food banks — to win back conservative votes.

“The 216-208 roll call avoids a repeat of last month’s embarrassing collapse and for the first time in a year will allow House-Senate talks on a final farm package.

All but 12 Republicans supported the measure — in contrast with the 62 defections in June. And it was a badly needed, face-saving win for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whose tactics contributed to last month’s loss and had bet heavily on the new approach to recover.”

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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

Categories: Farm Bill

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

Categories: Farm Bill

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

Categories: Farm Bill

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

Categories: Farm Bill

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

Categories: Farm Bill

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

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