House Begins Work on Farm Bill
The House approved the rules of debate on the amendments to the House farm bill and started debating the amendments Wednesday. There are 103 amendments to be considered. An amendment offered by Representative Bob Gibbs of Ohio to set target prices for all crops at 55-percent of the five-year rolling Olympic average was withdrawn. House Ag Chair Frank Lucas asked Gibbs to withdraw the amendment and promised to work with Gibbs in the conference committee to see an equitable and market-oriented farm bill enacted. The House rejected an amendment to restore 20.5-billion dollars to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by voice vote. Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern wanted to restore the cuts by offsetting crop insurance - the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option. The House also narrowly defeated an amendment to change the food aid program as proposed by the Obama Administration. The vote was 220 to 203.
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