The House of Representatives defeated its version of the 2013 Farm Bill Thursday afternoon on a 195 to 234 vote, stunning the agriculture community and calling into question how long-term farm policy will be enacted before a current one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30. After the vote, both House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) vowed to press onward in their chamber, though neither offered a plan B for the bill. Like most in the farm community, NAWG is in the process of evaluating legislative options and determining how best to support legislators in the coming weeks and months of debate.
- The final roll call for the farm bill vote is at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll286.xml.
- Lucas’ statement is at http://agriculture.house.gov/press-release/lucas-statement-farm-bill-vote-house.
- Peterson’s statement is at http://democrats.agriculture.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1180.
- A statement from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is at http://www.ag.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/statement-stabenow-house-failure-to-pass-farm-bill.