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Congress ready for Farm Bill

Posted: 10/14/2013 | Views: 257
Conference talks can begin following House action over the weekend

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- In final floor action before the beginning of the House-Senate conference on the farm bill, the House voted down a resolution Saturday to make changes to the sugar program.  Congress remains unable to come to terms on a budget or debt ceiling, but lawmakers now appear determined to get the farm bill done. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Saturday named their negotiators to serve on the House-Senate conference committee charged with resolving differences between the House and Senate-passed farm bills.

Late Friday the House passed by voice vote a resolution instructing House conferees to support a Senate farm bill provision that would reduce crop insurance premium subsidies for farmers who make more than $750,000. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was the sponsor of the resolution. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., opposed the language, but did not ask for a roll call vote, presumably because a voice vote carries less weight with conferees than a roll call vote.

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Source: DTN/Progressive Farmer

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