Farm Program Cuts Not Part of Continuing Resolution


Congressmen walk down the steps of the Capitol on Saturday morning, capping an all-night session.

In an early Saturday morning vote, the House approved H.R.1, the continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, that includes $60 billion in spending cuts and a number of amendments designed to impede President Barack Obama from carrying out his policies

Final passage came on a 235-189 vote just before dawn, after an all night-session and a week of debate where almost 500 amendments were considered. Amendments to put caps on farm program payments were defeated on direction from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who said discussion on farm subsidy cuts should wait until the 2012 farm bill debate.

The House did pass, however, an amendment by Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) that would thwart the Environmental Protection Agency from proceeding with allowing E15 ethanol blends for cars and light trucks built after 2001. The amendment was approved in a 285-136 vote; AFBF was opposed to the Sullivan amendment.

Among amendments in the bill that were approved and supported by AFBF is one that would prohibit EPA from modifying the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for dust. An amendment supported by AFBF to limit EPA authority to mandate Total Maximum Daily Load requirements on states was also approved.

(Image: Politico)
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