Ag Policy Blog
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor

Saturday 10/12/13

House Names Farm Bill Conferees

The House named conferees Saturday morning after rejecting an effort to reforms in sugar policy.

Backers of current sugar policies on tariffs and imports were able to defeat arguments that would have increased imports. The vote was 191 to 213. Eighty five Republicans and 128 Democrats voted against the resolution.

The House voted 195-204 against instruction proposed by House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., to reinstate 1938 and 1949 permanent law to the farm bill. The House version of the farm bill actually updates to make the new commodity program the new "permanent law." Peterson's language also would have reinstated the nutrition programs as part of the full bill.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., opposed Peterson's measure, saying that keeping the provisions as originally passed offered flexibility in the conference negotiations with the Senate.

The House did approve, by a voice vote Friday, language would encourage the conferees to lower the premium subsidy for farmers making more than $750,000 in adjusted gross income, or $1.5 million for married couples. Under the provision, those higher-income farmers would see their premium subsidy lowered 15 percentage points, from a maximum of 62% to 47%. The language is comparable to an amendment added to the Senate farm bill on the floor last spring. Dozens of agricultural groups have expressed their disappointment over the language.

On the floor Saturday, House conferees named included:

REPUBLICANS

House Agriculture Committee Frank Lucas of Oklahoma,

Rep. Steve King of Iowa

Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas

Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama

Rep. Michael Conaway of Texas

Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson of Pennsylvania

Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia

Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas

Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama

Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota

Rep. Jeff Denham of California

Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois

DEMOCRATS

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota,

Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina

Rep. Jim Costa of California

Rep. Tom Walz of Minnesota

Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon

Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts

Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington

Rep. Gloria McLeod of California

Rep. Filemon Villa of California

To deal with trade issues: From the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Chairman Ed Royce of California, Ranking Member Eliot Engel of New York and Republican Tom Moreno of Pennsylvania.

To deal with revenue issues: From the Ways and Means Committee, Chairman David Camp of Michigan, Republican Sam Johnson of Texas and Ranking Member Sander Levin of Michigan

To deal with nutrition issues: Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., and Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio. Fudge is also a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

Follow me on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN

Posted at 10:59AM CDT 10/12/13 by Chris Clayton
Comments (4)
To replace 1938 1949 permanent farm law with current farm law which is Freedom to Farm .This is the most costliest in history and it deliverd the lowest prices to farmers. This is republican insanity.
Posted by melvin meister at 9:08PM CDT 10/12/13
See http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/513431/20131013/china-debt-ceiling-shutdown-xinhua-de-emericanised.htm
Posted by Sally Benson at 7:58AM CDT 10/13/13
Sally ;Please spare us from Tea Party lunatics.
Posted by melvin meister at 8:50AM CDT 10/14/13
Don't believe everything you hear on MSNBC Melvin. Check out http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/10/14/Morning-joe-derision-for-tea-party-respect-for-bill-ayers
Posted by Sally Benson at 12:24PM CDT 10/14/13
Post a Blog Comment:
Your Comment:
DTN reserves the right to delete comments posted to any of our blogs and forums, for reasons including profanity, libel, irrelevant personal attacks and advertisements.
Blog Home Pages
November  2014
S M T W T F S
                  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30                  
Subscribe to Ag Policy Blog RSS
Recent Blog Posts
  • ARC and the PLC Reference Price
  • RFS Decision Could Alter Biofuels, Corn, Soybean Markets
  • Is Keystone XL Back to Square One?
  • Chevrolet Buys CO2 Credits from Working Ranch Grasslands
  • Sign up for ARC or PLC Next Week? Surely You Jest!
  • Top Donors to House and Senate Ag Leaders
  • Farm Groups Want Tax Extender Legislation in Lame Duck
  • Republicans Sweep Key Senate Races
  • Biotech Label Battles Continue at Ballot Box
  • Cattle Industry, Land Group Presses Feds to Pull WOTUS Rule
  • USDA Moving Ahead with Beef Checkoff Plans
  • Politicos Weigh in on USDA APH Yield Exclusion
  • Views in Congress Vary on COOL
  • Vilsack Addresses Checkoff Controversy
  • GAO: 'USDA Needs to Better Communicate Climate Plan'
  • Offering Advice on Farm Bill Choices
  • Governors, Attorneys General say CWA Rule a Legal Threat to Farmers
  • Dem Senators ask President to Leave RFS Alone
  • Senators Push for Withdraw of Endangered Species Act Rule
  • ARC and the PLC Reference Price