Rules Committee Considers Farm Bill Amendments

The House Rules Committee met Tuesday to issue a rule on the amendments to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. House Agriculture Committee leaders Frank Lucas and Collin Peterson have asked the committee to allow debate on all issues members wish to raise - but to limit the number of amendments on each subject. There are 229 amendments the Rules Committee will have to consider. According to a committee news release - 42 members have asked to present amendments to the committee. Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte urged the panel to allow votes on the dairy, sugar and ethanol amendments he supports. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut asked the committee to rule in order an amendment sponsored by Jim McGovern of Massachusetts to eliminate the cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Charles Rangel of New York presented an amendment to end the prohibition on credit sales of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba.

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