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April 24, 2014

Majority Leader Reid- Farm Bill Remarks

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Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) spoke briefly about the Farm Bill today, and complemented Sen Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) on her work bringing the measure together.

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Sen. Tim Johnson Urges Farm Bill Passage

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Sen. Tim Johnson (D., S.D.) spoke on the floor today,urging the passage of the farm bill conference report.

Sen. Johnson stated that, “Beyond the important assistance for livestock producers, this bill also reforms our farm programs by eliminating direct payments and by strengthening the crop insurance program. It also offers key support for young and beginning farmers and ranchers, and it contains reasonable conservation compliance requirements for farm program and crop insurance eligibility.”

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Sen. Heitkamp Highlights Farm Bill

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On the Senate floor today, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) discussed the Farm Bill and noted the importance of passing the measure.

Sen. Heitkamp noted that, “Through months and months of hard work, we have crafted a Farm Bill compromise that will work well for North Dakota. From enhancing crop insurance, to getting disaster relief for our ranchers, to making crucial investments in biofuels, this Farm Bill is a win for our state. I won’t rest until this clears the Senate and the President signs it, but I’m proud of what we have accomplished and know millions of farmers and ranchers around the country will be, too.”

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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Immigration; and, Biotech

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After passing the House last week, the U.S. Senate webpage indicated this morning that, “Monday, Feb 03, 2014- 2:00 p.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.2642, the Farm bill.”

Recall that back in 2012, the Senate passed a Farm Bill with 64 votes , and again in 2013,  ‪the Senate passed a ‪Farm Bill with 66 votes.

As the Senate is poised to act on the Farm Bill conference report, Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) recorded a segment for the C-SPAN Newsmakers program late last week that aired yesterday on the cable channel.

A video replay of the discussion with Chairwoman Stabenow is available here, while an unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of the program can be found here.

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Newsmakers with Senator Debbie Stabenow

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From C-SPAN Online Jan. 30- “Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, talked about the five-year farm bill” on the most recent edition of Newsmakers.

Washington Post national correspondent Ed O’Keefe and Bloomberg writer Alan Bjerga participated in the discussion.

The House passed the Farm Bill conference report last week.

An unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of the discussion is available here.

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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Immigration

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Ramsey Cox reported yesterday at The Hill’s Floor Action Blog that, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has scheduled a vote for Monday on the farm bill.

“Reid filed cloture on the House-passed amendment to H.R. 2642 — the $956 billion conference committee farm bill — setting up a vote for Monday at 5:30 p.m.  If at least 60 senators vote to end debate, the Senate will then proceed to a vote on final passage.”

The Hill update noted that, “‘While it cuts more to food assistance programs than some of us would like, it’s a good compromise that will protect needy families,’ Reid said Thursday morning.”

The article added that, “One of the conferees, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), said he wouldn’t support final passage of the bill because it didn’t include major reforms to farm subsidies that both the original Senate and House bills included.

“‘Does the new farm bill improve agriculture in America? I believe unfortunately the answer is no,’ Roberts said. ‘We should not pass a farm bill with more government subsidies, more government regulations and more waste.’”

After Monday’s cloture vote, a vote on final passage would then come on Tuesday.

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Sen. Grassley Highlights Farm Bill Issues

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Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley highlighted Farm Bill issues on the Senate floor today.

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Sen. Heitkamp Supports Farm Bill on the Senate Floor

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On the Senate floor today, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) spoke in support of the Farm Bill.

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Sen. Blunt Notes Farm Bill and Ag Issues on Senate Floor Today

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) talked about agricultural and farm policy issues- including the Farm Bill, on the Senate floor today.

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Sen. Bennet Highlights Farm Bill

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Sen. Michael Bennet (D., Colo.) highlighted the Farm Bill on the Senate floor today.

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Sen. Chambliss Discusses Farm Bill

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On the Senate floor today, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.) discussed the Farm Bill.

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Farm Bill Conference Report- House Debate Transcript from the Congressional Record

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The Congressional Record for Wednesday, January 29, 2014 contained the transcript of the debate on the Farm Bill Conference Report that took place in the House of Representatives.

The portion of the Congressional Record that focused on Farm Bill issues is available here.

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Farm Bill Conference Report Passes House

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David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Given up for dead just months ago, a new five-year farm bill easily cleared the House Wednesday morning, raising hopes that Congress can send it to President Barack Obama next week.

“The strength of the House’s 251-166 vote makes this easier, and it’s now expected that when the bill papers arrive in the Senate Thursday, cloture will be filed promptly, setting up a pivotal roll call vote Monday. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has said she wants to finish no later than next Wednesday, and aides in both parties said this was certainly doable.

“Filling hundreds of pages, the giant measure combines a landmark rewrite of commodity programs with bipartisan reforms and savings from food stamps. It caps years of struggle spanning two Congresses, a political saga largely ignored by the national media and White House but one that fractured the old farm and food coalition as never before.

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Farm Bill: House Action Today

Farm Bill; Immigration; and, the Ag Economy- Wednesday

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David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “The House cleared the way for a Wednesday showdown vote on the new farm bill agreement [one page summary here] , even as Republicans blocked Democratic efforts to dedicate a portion of the savings to help pay for extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

“The 222-194 vote Tuesday made for a sharp contrast with the broad support now enjoyed by the farm bill itself. And after two years of struggle, the Agriculture Committee leadership is increasingly confident that the giant measure will now prevail—almost exactly six months after it was upended by the same chamber last June.

“‘I think we’re going to get there but if it was easy, it wouldn’t be the farm bill would it?’ House Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) joked with reporters. And at a morning Democratic Caucus, proponents were cheered by the fact that Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, rose to defend the deal despite liberal complaints about continued cuts from food stamps.”

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Farm Bill; Political Notes; Ag Economy; and, Regulations

Farm Bill Agreement Reached

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “House-Senate negotiators reached agreement and filed a new farm bill late Monday, a nearly 960-page measure [bill text, statement of managers, brief overview] that combines a landmark rewrite of commodity programs together with bipartisan reforms and savings from food stamps.

“As fast as the papers were signed, the meat industryspurned in the final deal making — was already organizing to try to kill the measure when it comes to the House floor Wednesday.

“But for a moment Monday night, the stage belonged to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees, who have struggled through two Congresses to hold together the frayed, often fractured coalition of agriculture and nutrition interests behind any farm bill.”

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

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David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “After a two-year struggle and more perils than ‘Downton Abbey,’ Congress should finally see a new farm bill this week as House-Senate negotiators worked through the weekend in hopes of filing the legislation by Monday night.

“Going into Sunday night, disputes continued over livestock regulations. But afternoon staff briefings were already being held on the proposed agreement, and the hope was to call the conferees together for their signatures on Monday.

“Indeed, the mood was such that no one believed any longer that more time would help; instead, it was judged better to grab the opportunity for House action this week. And if the farm bill is filed Monday night, the leadership is proposing to call it up as early as Wednesday, a fast turnaround for a measure given up as dead by many just months ago.”

Mr. Rogers noted that, “Bipartisan support remains crucial, but Democrats have won significant compromises on food stamp funding and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is promising a real push to deliver the needed Republican votes.”

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