The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


House rejects sugar amendment; approves payment limits

The House has rejected the sugar program amendment but approved the amendment to reduce farm program payment limits.

The sugar amendment sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., was rejected with a vote of 206-221.

The payment limits amendment sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., was approved with a vote of 230-194.

All the amendments have now been voted on.

Ten minutes of debate have been scheduled on a motion to recommit the House farm bill, followed by a five-minute vote.

A five-minute vote on passage of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, will follow.

Votes on final amendments

APPROVED 235-192 — Sheep industry — Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. — Repeals the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

APPROVED 215-211 — Natural stone — Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. — Strikes the addition of “natural stone” to the list of commodity products that can petition the USDA for the issuance of a promotion and research order

REJECTED 175-250 — SNAP work requirements — Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., and others — Creates additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and raises the total reduction in spending to $31 billion

APPROVED 227-198 — SNAP requirements — Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., and others. — Applies federal welfare work requirements to SNAP, at state option.