07-18-18 House Moves Farm Bill Closure to Conference Committee

House Moves Farm Bill Closure to Conference Committee

NAFB News Service – The House of Representatives placed the farm bill back in the court of the Senate, voting to move towards conference. The voice vote approval paves the way for the Senate to consider similar action so the two chambers can appoint conferees to mend differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House also passed a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to insist on  10-year permanent funding for an animal vaccine program. That motion passed the House 392 – 20. The House bill has permanent funding, but the Senate bill has only an authorization for appropriations. The motion to proceed also makes it possible for the House to appoint conferees. The Senate must also vote to proceed to conference and appoint conferees. However, when the conference committee will convene remains uncertain, before or after the August recess. The current farm bill expires September 30th.

Following the vote, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi named democrats to serve on the conference committee, including 10 Agriculture Committee members. Listed by committee, they include:

Agriculture: Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), David Scott (D-Ga.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Filemon Vela (D-Texas), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.)

Education and Workforce: Alma Adams (D-N.C.)

Energy and Commerce: Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)

Financial Services: Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

Foreign Affairs: Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)

Natural Resources: Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

Oversight and Government Reform: Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.)

Science, Space and Technology: Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)

Transportation and Infrastructure: Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)

HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFEREES (Per House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway)

House Agriculture Committee Conferees include:

1. Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11)
2. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
3. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
4. Frank Lucas (OK-03)
5. Mike Rogers (AL-03)
6. Austin Scott (GA-08)
7. Rick Crawford (AR-01)
8. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
9. Rodney Davis (IL-13)
10. Ted Yoho (FL-03)
11. David Rouzer (NC-07)
12. Roger Marshall (KS-01)
13. Jodey Arrington (TX-19)

House Education and the Workforce Committee Conferees:
1. Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC)
2. Rick Allen (GA-12)

House Energy and Commerce Committee Conferees:
1. John Shimkus (IL-15)
2. Kevin Cramer (ND-AL)

House Financial Services Committee Conferees:
1. Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05)
2. Sean Duffy (WI-07)

House Foreign Affairs Committee Conferees:
1. Chairman Ed Royce (CA-39)
2. Steve Chabot (OH-01)

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Conferees:
1. Mark Walker (NC-06)
2. James Comer (KY-01)

House Natural Resources Committee Conferees:
1. Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01)
2. Bruce Westerman (AR-04)

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Conferees:
1. Ralph Abraham (LA-05)
2. Neal Dunn (FL-02)

House Transportation and Infrastructure Conferees:
1. Jeff Denham (CA-10)
2. Bob Gibbs (OH-07)