LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A first term congressman from Kentucky has been chosen to serve on the conference committee assigned to negotiate a final version of the federal farm bill.
U.S. Rep. James Comer says the final product will be the "most impactful legislation" signed into law this year.
The conference committee role is a plum assignment for Comer, who is still in his first full term in the House. He represents a rural district that relies heavily on agriculture.
The committee will work out differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill.
Wednesday, the House of Representatives moved to send the 2018 Farm Bill to conference committee.
Following the vote, Speaker Paul Ryan named the House Republican panel. "The House has pulled together a solid team of conferees from across the country who are committed to working with our Senate colleagues to reach a final product that helps millions of low-income Americans climb the economic ladder while standing by the hard-working farm and ranch families who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX).
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi named the following 10 Democrats from the Agriculture Committee and representatives from other pertinent committees who will join their Republican colleagues and comprise the House conferees for the farm bill.
Republicans named to the committee:
Chairman Mike Conaway (TX)
Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA)
Bob Goodlatte (VA)
Frank Lucas (OK)
Mike Rogers (AL)
Austin Scott (GA)
Rick Crawford (AR)
Vicky Hartzler (MO)
Rodney Davis (IL)
Ted Yoho (FL)
David Rouzer (NC)
Roger Marshall (KS)
Jodey Arrington (TX)
Democrats named to the committee:
Collin Peterson (Minn.)
David Scott (Ga.)
Jim Costa (Calif.)
Tim Walz (Minn.)
Marcia Fudge (Ohio)
Jim McGovern (Mass.)
Filemon Vela (Texas)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)
Ann Kuster (N.H.)
Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.)
Editor's Note: With help from Associated Press
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