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House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill

Jul 12, 2012

This is an excerpt from Executive Insight Briefing, produced every Thursday by the National Journal’s Daily Briefings Team.

It took until nearly 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but the House Agriculture Committee was able to pass their Farm Bill 35-11 after a marathon markup.

The effort could present a path for the farm bill to become law before the Sept. 30 deadline, a proposition that just months ago seemed unlikely. But there’s still a major hurdle to overcome: getting the bill onto the House floor.

Ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., seemed to have confidence that this would happen. “I think the pressure will build and they’ll cave before the week we go on recess,” he said. “If they don’t, politically they’ll pay the price… In farm country, this bill is all they care about.”

Though there were more than 100 amendments, much of this week’s farm-bill markup, which started Wednesday and finished Thursday, was dedicated to debate over cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as food stamps.

The Senate passed its version of the farm bill in late June.

Read the complete July 12, 2012, edition of Executive Insight Briefing.

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