The Senate continued work on the amendments being considered for the Farm Bill on Wednesday. Among the day’s activities, they defeated an amendment that would have reduced the federal sugar program; approved an amendment which prevents conservation payments to millionaires; approved an amendment prohibiting Food for Peace Act donations to North Korea unless the president issues a national interest waiver. The Senate is expected to wrap-up work on the amendments and vote on the final bill Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the House Agriculture Committee is backing-off on plans to mark up their version of the farm bill next week. The change is apparently at the request of Majority Leader Eric Cantor; the Republican leadership is reportedly surprised by the rapid action in the Senate. POLITOCO says House leadership wants to “pause to consider how to proceed given the progress made in the Senate.”
The full House is scheduled to take up the ag appropriations bill next week.
Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says they will take up the farm bill when members return from the July 4th recess.