House Farm Bill Includes King Amendment, Excludes Egg Bill
The House voted 216-208 in support of a revamped Farm Bill that includes only the measure’s agriculture provisions, after the Rules Committee approved a plan the night before to bring the legislation to the floor. GOP leaders decided to split the initial bill into two parts, removing the nutrition programs (food stamps) and leaving the agriculture provisions intact, after the House rejected the earlier version (HR 1947) by 195-234 on June 20.
The bill (HR 2642) mirrors the committee-approved agriculture bill that the full House amended late last month, but excludes all of the food nutrition programs that many Republicans oppose. The revised bill repeals the permanent 1938 and 1949 farm laws that set commodity support and other agriculture support levels. Because agriculture policy reverts to these earlier farm laws in the absence of a current farm bill, these permanent laws have long been considered a way to guarantee that Congress would clear a new farm bill or extend the existing one. The House Rules Committee backed 9-4 a closed rule (H Res 295) to govern debate on the modified measure, a move that blocks any further amendment (that’s why there’s no the egg bill. A second victory for Egg Farmers of America and a second defeat for the HSUS/UEP).