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House debate continues after voting on key amendments

The House debate on the farm bill has continued late into the evening after a series of votes in which House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., appear to have held the middle ground on major issues.

Shortly after 11 p.m., after some 40 amendments were adopted en bloc by voice vote, Lucas said he expected the House to be able to “meet our departure time” on Thursday, although it was not clear if that included passage of the bill.

The legislative schedule for Thursday has not been announced. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced earlier this week that the last votes of the week will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Here are the results of key votes this afternoon. No further recorded votes are expected tonight.

Adopted by Recorded Vote


An amendment by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., that would cap spending on the Farm Risk Management Election Program at 110 percent of the CBO estimate for the first five years in which payments are disbursed. The vote to approve the measure was 267-156.

An amendment by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, for Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., to improve federal coordination in addressing the decline of the honey bee, wild bees, and other beneficial insects in agriculture. The vote was 273-149.

Rejected by Recorded Vote


An amendment sponsored by Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., to cut crop and insurance funding to avoid $20.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps. The vote on approving the amendment was 188-234.

An amendment by Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., to repeal the dairy support program and prevent the currently suspended law from becoming reactivated if Congress does not reauthorize programs under the Agriculture Department. The vote on approving the amendment was 112-309.

An amendment by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Rep. James Moran, D-Va., to require 20 percent of Conservation Reserve Program acreage to be set aside for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, which allows states to target high priority and environmentally sensitive land, and to continuously re-enroll that land in CRP. The vote was 179-242.

An amendment by Blumenauer and Moran to reforms the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to increase access for farmers, and eliminate payments to projects that do not show strong conservation benefits. The vote was 157-266.

An amendment by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., to adopt the Obama administration reforms to the international food aid program. The changes would have used food aid money to buy food in the countries and areas receiving aid, lessening the amount of food for aid shipped from producers in the United States. The vote to approve the amendment was 203-220.

An amendment by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., to adopt the Obama administration reforms to the international food aid program. The changes would have used food aid money to buy food in the countries and areas receiving aid, lessening the amount of food for aid shipped from producers in the United States. The vote to approve the amendment was 203-220.

An amendment by Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., to repeal the reauthorization of the Market Access Program. The vote was 98-322.

Withdrawn


An amendment by Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio to set the target price for all crops at 55 percent of the five-year rolling Olympic average.

An amendment by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., to require a conservation compliance plan be filed with the USDA and followed for all crops in wetlands and all annually tilled crops on highly erodible lands in order to qualify for crop insurance premium subsidy assistance.

An amendment by Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., to ensure that corn growers who sell their crop for ethanol production may not receive farm payments.