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AGRIBUSINESS: King Gives Insight on Farm Bill

Posted on: 5:50 am, December 2, 2013, by , updated on: 02:46am, December 2, 2013

Congress is returning to Capitol Hill on Monday, and that means the Farm Bill conference will resume.  House Representative and Farm Bill conferee Steve King said there are still some kinks to be worked out.
King says there are a few sticking points on the Commodities Title but believes current proposals on the table will resolve them.   Another problem in discussions is the Nutrition Title.  King says that will be resolved last with the House and Senate working on their bottom lines.
The final contentious issue is in Title 12, specifically King’s own amendment that would prohibit states from regulating the means of production.  California recently mandated requirements for eggs it imports to compensate for a law that costs egg producers twice as much as the rest of the U.S. California egg producers need trade protection from their law, King says, “What’s wrong about it is, California’s law that protects them is unconstitutional.”
Overall, King expects the farm bill to be finished soon after their return to Washington.
King says, “At that point I expect to see an almost final proposal in my hands.  And I expect that we will sit down as conferees.  And perhaps hammer out in public some of the last sticking points but I do expect to get a bill on the president’s desk by Christmas.”