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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. 

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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.

Paul Ryan Speaks Up

Paul Ryan (R-WI) is speaking against the rule.  Rough excerpts:

"My amendment is being blocked on real payment limits- It received a vote in 2002 and got 200 votes"

"The House Farm Bill extends farm commodity programs with no real reform"

"The commodity reform is a sham"

 "This increases the limits on direct payments while removing limits on marketing loans"

"The bill hurts people in the developing world"

We've Begun

Things are underway. Rep. Cardoza of California (D-CA) read the rules governing the bill, gave a short introduction, and now Rep. McGovern (D-MA) is speaking in favor of the bill and particularly in support of food programs. See the previous post for details on how his preferred programs got paid.

Representatives are currently arguing over the method in which new spending is being paid for in the farm bill.  Democrats say they're closing tax loopholes to raise the necessary fund, while Republicans are saying they're raising taxes.

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