We're Worked Up Now

Just when we thought we had gotten over the House Farm Bill and moved on, something comes up to suck us back in. Last week, the blog Rochester Turning referenced our post on Rep. Louise Slaughter, Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee. That would be the committee that prevented a straight payment limits amendment from receiving a vote on the floor of the House. Anyway, Rochester Turning evidently resides in Slaughter's district. And Slaughter's office contacted Rochester Turning to tell them that the Blog for Rural America got their facts wrong.

Last Words on the House...

We've emerged from our collective post-House of Representatives farm bill funk to post some final thoughts. Then we're moving on to the Senate, where we have high hopes for a decent farm bill, especially one that addresses our all-consuming quest for payment limitations. In no particular order, here we go.

Most absurd statement during the House floor debate, courtesy of Marion Berry (D-AR):

House Farm Bill Unbalanced

The farm bill passed by the full House on July 27th will weaken family farms and exacerbate rural population loss. The bill would raise the true limit on direct farm payments, made regardless of farm prices, from $80,000 to $120,000 annually - covering 8,000 acres of corn and soybeans, 16,000 acres for a father/son operation.

Our Turn

The 2007 Farm Bill has now been passed by the House of Representatives.  It includes sham reform on the crucial issue of farm program payment limitations, an issue of principle. 

Slowly but Surely

Update #3: We've got to get out of here for now. Maybe someone will put some final updates in the comments. We'll have longer analysis later.

Update #2: They are now voting on 7 amendments. One fifteen minute vote followed by 6 two minute votes.


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