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Farmers Union and Farm Bureau

Chairman Peterson is very proud of the fact that both National Farmers Union and National Farm Bureau support his bill. To be honest, it is remarkable that NFU and NFB agree on something. On the bill as a whole, we think the National Farmers Union is acting in direct contravention of its members' intent, but no matter.

Debate Begins, Peterson Distorts

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson is speaking about his farm bill.... He repeatedly is saying there's real "hard" and "soft" caps on subsidy payments.  Uh, not so much.  Nice try.

And We're Moving On to the Amendments

Thank the Lord we've moved on.  The rule governing the bil has been approved after an hour of bellyaching, partisan dogfights, and a motion to adjourn that was a delaying tactic by the Republicans.  The one specific truly bipartisan moment is Blumenauer (D) and Ryan (R) agreeing that their payment limits amendment should be considered. 

On to the amendments.  First up is the Kind amendment, which is by far the most controversial.

FYI, it now appears final passage of the farm bill is delayed until tomorrow. 

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

Update #2: After surviving a motion to adjourn forced by Republicans trying to slow the debate down, the House is now voting on the "rule." It is a 15 minute vote.

Update: Farm Bill Girl is live-blogging the debate too over at DKos.

Rep. Hastings asked for additional debate time. Denied.

Rosa DeLauro

Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is speaking.  She's a heavyweight in farm politics, due to her position as chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.  She controls much of the money that will be spent through the farm bill.

DeLauro is praising improvements in conservation, nutrition (food stamps), and food safety.  DeLauro had introduced her own "marker bill" months ago that included her priorities.  Many of them were included in the final farm bill in the House, now under consideration.

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