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October 15, 2013
The need for budget savings and a terrible blizzard in South Dakota that killed 60,000 cattle have led to a renewed effort to resolve the farm bill in either a budget deal, debt deal or conference committee. The farm bill savings from both farm programs and SNAP is significant and concerns have been raised about how long SNAP can continue after November 1 if the government remains shut down. Speaker Boehner/Minority Leader Pelosi named farm bill conferees on October 12 to meet with the Senate conferees that were named in early August.
ACTION Contact Conferees to oppose section 11312 of H.R. 2642 (King amendment) that would preempt vital state agriculture policies and to support the SNAP proposal in the Senate Farm bill (S.954) which retains state flexibility and reduces SNAP funding by $4 billion instead of $40 billion in H.R.2642.
Senate Democratic Farm Bill Conferees: Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Mich., Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vt., Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa, Sen. Max Baucus, Mont., Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minn., Sen. Michael Bennet, Colo.
Senate Republican Farm Bill Conferees: Senate Agriculture ranking member Thad Cochran, Miss., Sen. Pat Roberts, Kan., Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Ga., Sen. John Boozman, Ark., Sen. John Hoeven, N.D.
House Republican Farm Bill Conferees: Rep. Steve Southerland, Fl. (Leadership conferee), House Agriculture Chairman Rep. Frank D. Lucas, Ok., Rep. Steve King, Iowa, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, Texas, Rep. Mike Rogers, Al., Rep. Mike Conaway, Texas, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Pa., Rep. Austin Scott, Ga., Rep. Rick Crawford, Ark., Rep. Martha Roby, Al., Rep. Kristi Noem, S.D., Rep. Jeff Denham, Ca., Rep. Rodney Davis, Il., House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, Ca., Rep. Tom Marino, Pa., House Ways & Means Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, Mich., Rep. Sam Johnson, Texas.
House Democrats Farm Bill Conferees: Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio (Leadership conferee), House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson of Minn., Rep. Mike McIntyre, N.C., Rep. Jim Costa of Ca., Rep. Tim Walz of Minn., Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington, Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Ca., Rep. Filemon Vela, Texas, House Foreign Affairs ranking member Eliot Engel, N.Y., House Ways and Means ranking member Sandy Levin, Mich.
NCSL staff contacts: Ben Husch (farm bill); Joy Wilson, Rachel Morgan (SNAP)