More than 200 Farm Bill Amendments Filed in House
According to a schedule released by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - the U.S. House will not hold any votes on Friday this week. The last vote is slated for three o'clock Eastern Thursday afternoon. No farm bill votes were taken Monday - as the House Rules Committee had not yet set the rule on the farm bill. House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson are expected to ask for a rule that allows debate on all subjects House members want to discuss - but limits the number of amendments on each subject. The Rules Committee will meet Tuesday to issue a rule on how farm bill amendments will be handled on the House floor.
The deadline for submission of amendments was two o'clock Eastern Monday afternoon. As of five o'clock Eastern - the House Rules Committee had posted 226 amendments. Twenty-eight of those were marked as late. Among those filed on time - there is an amendment to set the target price for all crops at 55-percent of the five-year rolling Olympic average and change the acreage available for target price support to 85-percent of the farmer's base acres; an effort to reform the federal sugar program; amendments aimed at changing crop insurance premium subsidies; an amendment to replace the dairy producer margin protection and dairy market stabilization programs; and of course, several amendments that would make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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