Ethanol even came under attack from former House Ag committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, who wants to curtail the use of corn for ethanol production to a percentage of annual carryover. And Goodlatte has also leveled his gun sights on the dairy program, which was the reason the expired 2008 Farm Bill was renewed for another year.
230 amendments have been submitted to the House Rules Committee which Lucas says will reduce to 30 or 40 and submit them for debate. The House Rules Committee was meeting Tuesday night to make its final selection of those for debate before the House business opens on Wednesday morning.
C-SPAN’s internet service may likely carry House debate as it occurs.
The debate is expected to last through Thursday and conclude with a vote. The bill will require at least 213 votes to pass. The House and Senate will appoint a conference committee to reconcile the differences, likely to focus on nutrition program spending and crop insurance subsidies. While Lucas says 95 percent of the legislation can be agreed upon by a conference committee, he says the top Congressional leaders and the White House will have to negotiate the final issues, which are likely to be nutrition program spending. The President has already indicated he does not like the way the House proposal treats nutrition programs.
Following Senate approval of a Farm Bill two weeks ago, the House is now considering its proposal. Floor debate begins Wednesday morning with several dozen amendments to be considered. Wide differences are expected between the eventual House bill and what the Senate has passed, and members of a conference committee will try to sort those out prior to the August recess.