Rumors Swirl on House Democrats’ Farm Bill Floor Strategy
On Tuesday afternoon, as the U.S. House of Representatives began consideration of the farm bill (H.R. 1947; The Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013), rumors began to swirl about how the House democrats may vote in relation to amendments impacting farm programs in an effort to protest the cuts to nutrition programs that were included in the bill. A document that quickly circulated Tuesday was reported to be an official document outlining a strategy for democrats to support a wide array of amendments that would significantly weaken safety net farm programs, including crop insurance, the STAX program, and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, that were included in the underlying bill.
The Agricultural Council of Arkansas strongly opposes this strategy. If this effort were to lead to the successful passage of these detrimental amendments, it would completely dilute critical farm programs that provide safety nets for producers in Arkansas. It is our hope that all democrats and republicans would oppose these ill-advised and harmful amendments.
Below is a copy of the document reported to be a floor strategy for House democrats: