AGRIBUSINESS: House Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill
Markup in the House Agriculture Committee didn’t wrap up as quickly as it did in the Senate, but Committee Chair Frank Lucas was still pleased with the progress.
With a final vote of 36 to 10, the House Ag-passed farm bill is estimated to save about $40 billion over ten years. It mainly achieves that level of spending reduction by reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. According to Lucas the House farm bill is the first reform to SNAP since the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and saves over $20 billion.
Direct payments are eliminated in the House farm bill, and 23 conservation programs are consolidated into just 13.
The House Ag Committee also passed an amednment aimed at Californian egg production standards. Iowa produces the most eggs of any state, and the proposal, authored by Iowa Representative Steve King, would make it illegal for any state to restrict selling a product based on production standards. California Representative Jeff Denham opposed the King amendment, which he says affects over 150 laws in other states.