House Rules Committee to consider farm bill amendments today

The House Rules Committee will meet at 2:00 Eastern today to decide which amendments to allow to be offered to the Committee-passed farm bill, which could be taken up on the House floor later this afternoon. Chairman Lucas has been pushing very hard against allowing the amendment sponsored by Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI) to be considered. He is also urging Members to oppose the amendment if it is given a vote.

The Ohio Soybean Association and other agricultural organizations are encouraging members to contact House Members this morning and ask them to:

1. Contact Members of the Rules Committee and urge them to allow the Gibbs-Kind amendment to be considered on the floor.

2. Contact the Gibbs (Republican) or Kind (Democrat) staff and indicate their support for the amendment.

3. Indicate continuing support for the House to pass a bill so Congress can finish the process this year and provide farmers certainty on farm policy for the next five years.

It is very important to send a clear message that a significant number of House Members oppose the Committee bill’s high fixed reference (target) prices tied to current year plantings, which the Gibbs-Kind amendment would correct.

A strong signal from House Members would strengthen the position of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and other Conferees who oppose recoupling payments to current year planting.

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