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August 16
​Farm Bill Debate Continues among House Members during Recess
With Congress still in Recess, House Democrats and Republicans continue to debate nutrition funding historically provided within the farm bill.  On August 13, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and 204 House Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging leadership to include nutrition funding in this year’s farm bill in conference. A stand-alone nutrition title is being drafted by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) after it was removed from the agriculture-only farm bill (H.R. 2642) that passed the House in July. Contention over $20 billion in cuts from the original bill (H.R. 1947) – which failed largely due to disagreements over nutrition funding – led a working group of House Republicans to draft initial language for Majority Leader Cantor to use as an independent nutrition title.  The new language includes almost $40 billion in cuts to nutrition programs over the next 10 years. Once Congress reconvenes in September, the House will only have nine legislative days on the calendar before the current 2008 farm bill extension expires at the close of the fiscal year. 

 

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