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.

Moving On...

As Brian mentioned, we are back. We tried to postpone House floor consideration until a more reasonable time, but the House clerk ignored our repeated pleas for sanity. Nobody should have to listen a House debate before noon.

Goodlatte withdrew his amendment.

As we mentioned last night, many of the amendments were combined into an "en bloc" amendment. Our only friend in DC has the details in this comment on yesterday's post.


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