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House Rules begins farm bill amendment debate

The House Rules Committee has begun what promises to be a lengthy consideration of the 229 amendments that have been filed on the farm bill. Forty-two members have asked to present amendments to the committee, according to a news release from the committee.

Video of the deliberations is being streamed on the committee website. (See link below)

The rule and the amendments that are ruled in order will be listed on the website when the committee has finished its work, a committee aide told The Hagstrom Report.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have asked the Rules committee to allow debate on all issues that members wish to raise, but to limit the number of amendments on each subject.

In the first panel, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., urged the panel to allow votes on the dairy, sugar and ethanol amendments that he supports while Rep. Rosa De Lauro, D-Conn., asked the committee to rule in order an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., a member of the Rules committee, to eliminate the cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, presented an amendment to end the prohibition on credit sales of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba. Rangel said the removal of the ban on credit sales would “give a shot in the arm" to U.S. farmers.”

Floor debate on the amendments is expected to begin on Wednesday morning. General opening debate on the bill is being held this afternoon, but will end at 5:45 p.m.