House Passes Farm Bill 251 to 166- Measure to Be Next Considered by US SenateWed, 29 Jan 2014 10:25:21 CST
UPDATE: The US House has passed the Conference Report for HR 2642 by a final count of 251 to 166, sending the measure on to the Senate for a vote as early as next week. This now means, we are ONE vote and ONE signature from having the Agricultural Act of 2014 put into law.
Here is the statement from House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas released by the Committee after this successful vote by the US House:
"I am pleased a majority of my House colleagues joined me in supporting a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped get us here. This is legislation we can all be proud of because it fulfills the expectations the American people have of us. They expect us to work together to find ways to reduce the cost of the federal government. The Agricultural Act contributes major savings to deficit reduction, significant reforms to policy, and yet still provides a safety net not only for the production of American food and fiber, but also to ensure our fellow citizens have enough food to eat. I am hopeful this legislation will enjoy the same success when the Senate considers it, and I encourage the president to sign it quickly into law."
Here is our earlier story that features our Tuesday interview with Congressman Lucas:
The Agricultural Act of 2014 contains major reforms including eliminating the direct payment program, streamlining and consolidating numerous programs to improve their effectiveness and reduce duplication, and cutting down on program misuse. The bill also strengthens our nation's commitment to support farmers and ranchers affected by natural disasters or significant economic losses, and renews a national commitment to protect land, water, and other natural resources.
In a statement released Monday night by the House Ag Committee, the Chairman of the Farm Bill Conference and the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Frank Lucas says "I am proud of our efforts to finish a farm bill conference report with significant savings and reforms. We are putting in place sound policy that is good for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and those who have hit difficult times. I appreciate the work of everyone who helped in this process. We never lost sight of the goal, we never wavered in our commitment to enacting a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. I ask my colleagues to join me in supporting its passage."
On Tuesday morning- Farm Director Ron Hays of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network talked with Chairman Lucas aboutt he process, who reiterated his comments made before the House Rules Committee on Monday night that the Farm Bill Conference Report is nothing short of a miracle, given the political atmosphere seen in Washington today.
Hays and Lucas talked about the difficulty of getting a dairy deal done, the fact that Lucas is satisfied with the Commodity Title, believes that the Nutrition title takes the country in the right direction on making sure those in need get food and those who are not do not, blames the Democrats in the Senate for no action on COOL and GIPSA and regrets the Commodity Title was not made Permanent Law- replacing the 1939-1949 acts.
Chairman Lucas also discussed the prospects for passage- and responded to a question about the fact that he will face a primary challenge this coming June for another two years in Congress.
You can hear the full conversation between Hays and Congressman Lucas by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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