House Farm Bill Debate/Votes Could Go Into Next Week

June 19, 2013 12:19 AM
 

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Number of amendments (103), other floor agenda make farm bill timely murky


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The House Rules Committee late Tuesday announced that 103 of the 227 filed amendments to the House farm bill were in order – 50 from Republican, 35 Democratic and 18 bipartisan (Link). But the number and late-breaking floor developments could move some of the debate and final vote until next week, sources said. The previous schedule had a final vote coming late Thursday afternoon, June 20. Link to rule.

The rule provides that "it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the Committee on Agriculture or his designee to offer amendments en bloc." It provides 10 minutes of debate for each amendment made in order, except for McGovern #146, Royce #55, Kind #149, Pitts #13, and Goodlatte #194, which will be debatable for 20 minutes.

The Rules panel rejected, by voice vote, a proposal to allow an open rule for amendments and defeated, 3-7, a proposal to allow a vote on an amendment that would set national cage standards for laying hens.

The possible delay brought questions as to whether or not farm bill supporters had the needed 218 votes for final passage and if not, needed more time to round up the votes.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said it's a shame that the Agriculture Committee could not find a more bipartisan agreement on SNAP/food stamps. "It's not worthy of our country," Hoyer said. "It's not worthy of the morals of this nation."

But House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) on Tuesday said the votes are ample enough to pass the House farm bill (HR 1947), but he expressed concern the legislation could still get sidetracked by so-called "poison-pill" amendments.


 

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