List of Amendments to Watch for in #FARMBILL! #WeWantCutsNow #tcot #CutSpending #CutWaste

We hope that the rules committee will make the good amendments in order tomorrow. 

Meadows (R-NC) Amdt. #5: Waives NEPA requirements for timber cleanup projects on forest service land after a disaster. (Leaning YES)

Latta (R-OH) and McClintock (R-CA) Amdt. #7: Strikes section 10015 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. Section 10015 states, “Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall lift the administrative stay that was imposed by the rule entitled ‘‘Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Stay of Regulations’’ and published by the Department of Agriculture on November 17, 2011 (76 Fed. Reg. 71241), on the regulations in subpart A of part 214 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, establishing an industry-funded promotion, research, and information program for fresh cut Christmas trees.” (YES)

Black (R-TN) Amdt. #8: Terminates an agreement the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has entered in with the Mexican government known as the “Partnership for Nutrition Assistance Program.” (Leaning YES)

Gosar (R-AZ) Amdt. #9: Cuts the authorization for the Department of Agriculture to implement a demonstration project (such as an app) that would allow food stamp recipients to use expensive smartphones (like an iPhone) to make their grocery purchases. (YES)

Walorski (R-IN) Amdt. #10: Continues the prohibition on the Christmas tree tax by striking the section of the bill that lifts the stay on the tax. (Note: I think this is the same amendment as the Lata-McClintock Amendment). (YES)

Gingrey (R-GA) Amdt. #11: Strikes section 6105 from the bill which provides the authorization for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. (YES)

Radel (R-FL) Amdt. #12: Repeals the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center. (YES)

Pitts (R-PA), Davis, Danny (D-IL), Goodlatte (R-VA), and Blumenauer (R-OR) #13: Reforms the Federal sugar program, and for other purposes. (YES)

LaMalfa (R-CA), Westmoreland (R-GA), Hudson (R-NC), Yoho (R-FL) Amdt. #15: Severs the interaction between the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the SNAP standard utility allowance (SUA). (Leaning YES)

Mulvaney (R-SC) Amdt. #17: Sets the spending amount for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at 2008 levels. (YES)

Hanna (R-NY), Pingree (D-ME), Kind (D-WI), Petri (R-WI) Amdt. #24: Reduces by 15 percent the level of crop insurance premium subsidies for individual participants with an annual Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) over $750,000. (YES)

Courtney (D-CT) and Wittman (R-VA) Amdt. #25: Adds farmed shellfish to the list of specialty crops listed in Section 3 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004. This would allow these products to be eligible for USDA marketing and research assistance. (NO)

Blumenauer (D-OR) and Chaffetz (R-UT) Amdt. #29: Reduces crop insurance premium subsidy for producers with adjusted gross income greater than $250,000 and eliminates crop insurance premium subsidy for producers with adjusted gross income greater than $750,000. (YES)

Hudson (R-NC), LaMalfa (R-CA), and Yoho (R-FL) Amdt. #46: Allows states to conduct drug testing on SNAP applicants as a condition for receiving benefits. (Leaning YES-If you want to take $ from other people, you had better not have other money that you’re using for drugs).

Duncan (R-TN) and Waxman (D-CA) Amdt. #50: Eliminates the premium subsidy for harvest price policies. (YES)

Petri (R-WI), DeLauro (D-CT), Kind (D-WI) Amdt. #51: Places an annual cap at $50,000 for the total subsidy received by a farmer who participates in the Federal Crop Insurance Program and require the recipient to be “actively engaged” in farming in order to qualify for the subsidy. (Leaning YES)

Royce (R-CA) and Engel (D-NY) Amdt. #55: Reforms U.S. international food aid to allow for not more than 45 percent of authorized funds to be used for assistance other than U.S. agricultural commodities, yielding $215 million in annual efficiency savings, enabling the U.S. to reach an additional 4 million disaster victims. Curtails practice of “monetization” which, according to the GAO, is inefficient and led to a loss of $219 million over three years. Reductions in mandatory spending result in $150 million in deficit reduction over the life of the bill. (Leaning YES)

Titus (D-NV) Amdt. #56: Continues USDA’s Hunger-Free Communities grant program, which has been included in the Senate Farm Bill. The program was created to foster collaborative public-private partnership efforts at the community level to root out and address the causes of hunger and help increase community access to nutritious foods. (Leaning NO)

Chabot (R-OH) Amdt. #59: Prohibits the availability of funds for China under the Food For Peace Act. None of the funds appropriated under this act may be obligated or used to provide assistance to China. (YES)

Chabot (R-OH) Amdt. #60: Terminates the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program (FMDP). (YES)

Broun (R-GA) Amdt. #61: Strikes the creation of two new programs, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Revenue Loss Coverage (RLC), and repeal the elimination of Counter-cyclical Payments (CCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE). (YES)

Broun (R-GA) Amdt. #62: Repeals permanent law from the Agriculture Act of 1949 that pertains to dairy support. Prevents the currently suspended law from becoming reactivated should Congress not reauthorize programs under the Department of Agriculture. (YES)

Blumenauer (D-OR) Amdt. #72: Strikes the two years of direct payments to upland cotton. (YES)

Foxx (R-NC) Amdt. #80: Sunsets all discretionary programs in the bill upon the expiration of the 5-year authorization period. (Leaning YES)

Graves, Tom (R-GA) Amdt. #83: Ensures that corn growers who sell their crop for ethanol production may not receive farm payments. Prohibits a producer on a farm that sells corn, directly or through a third party, to an ethanol production facility from receiving any farm bill payments or benefits. (YES)

McClintock (R-CA) Amdt. #92: Strikes Sec. 10003 – the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. These are grants to fund lessons on food preparation, promotions of locally-grown crops and advertising of farmers markets. (YES)

Fortenberry (R-NE) Amdt. #93: Reduces farm program payment limits, capping commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. The legislation also closes loopholes in current law to ensure payments reach working farmers, their intended recipients. (Leaning YES)

Walberg (R-MI) Amdt. #95: Strikes the authorization of funds for NOAA weather radio transmitter grants (YES)

Walberg (R-MI) Amdt. #96: Strikes the addition of “temperate japonica rice” to the list of covered crops under the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program. (Leaning YES)

Southerland (R-FL), Westmoreland (R-GA), Kingston (R-GA), Bentivolio (R-MI), and Schweikert (R-AZ) Amdt. #101: Applies federal welfare work requirements to the food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, at state option. (YES)

Stutzman (R-IN) Amdt. #112: SUBSTITUTE Replaces the entire text of the underlying bill with Titles 1 through 3 and 5 through 12 of H.R 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 to separately consider farm and nutrition related titles. (YES)

Stutzman (R-IN) Amdt. #113: Strikes Title IV (Nutrition) from the underlying bill to provide for separate consideration of titles relating to farm and nutrition policy. (YES)


McGovern (D-MA) and other Democrats (too many to name) Amdt. #146: Restores the $20.5 billion cuts in SNAP by offsetting the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option. (NO)

Kind (D-WI), Blumenauer (D-OR), DeFazio (D-OR), and Larson (D-CT) Amdt. #148: Prohibits the USDA from sending payments to the Brazil Cotton Institute. (YES)

Kind (D-WI), Petri (R-WI), Blumenauer (D-OR), Conyers (D-MI), Cooper (D-TN), DeFazio (D-OR), Connolly (D-VA), DeLauro (D-CT), McGovern (D-MA), Radel, Trey (R-FL), Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Waxman (D-CA) Amdt. #149: Limits premium subsidies to those producers with an AGI under $250,000 and limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000 and caps crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12%. Introduces transparency into the crop insurance program. (YES)

Huelskamp (R-KS), Goodlatte (R-VA), Neugebauer (R-TX), Jordan (R-OH), DeSantis (R-FL), Stewart, Chris (R-UT) Amdt. #151: Creates additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and raises the total reduction in spending to $31 billion. (STRONG YES)

Huelskamp (R-KS) Amdt. #152: Prohibits anyone who entered the US illegally after December 31, 1982 and has been granted amnesty from receiving SNAP benefits. (Leaning YES)

Huelskamp (R-KS) Amdt. #153: Replaces the existing Nutrition Title (Title IV) with a block grant program (YES)

Cotton (R-AR) Amdt. #154: Eliminates the tax on natural stone. (YES)

Cotton (R-AR) Amdt. #155: Eliminates funding for Nutrition Education programs. (YES)

Cotton (R-AR) Amdt. #157: Eliminates the requirement that a study for a federal definition of honey be conducted. (YES)

Marino (R-PA) Amdt. #169: Repeals the Repowering Assistance Program, which funds efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels. (YES)

Marino (R-PA) Amdt. #170: Repeals the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which awards federal grants to educate fleet operators and the public on the benefits of using biodiesel fuels, instead of fossil fuels. (YES)

Kingston (R-GA), Westmoreland (R-GA), and Scott, Austin (R-GA) Amdt. #171: Eliminates the payments for corn under the Renewable Fuel Standard. (YES)

Brooks (R-AL) Amdt. #178: Terminates funding for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) after September 30, 2013 (YES)

Brooks (R-AL) Amdt. #179: Strikes Section 4011 of the Nutrition title, which establishes a pilot program to test the feasibility of allowing retailers to accept snap benefits through mobile transactions.(YES)

Brooks (R-AL) Amdt. #180: Strikes Section 4031 of the Nutrition title pilot program that expands SNAP benefits to the Northern Mariana’s Islands (YES)

Kilmer (D-WA) Amdt. #186: Establishes a Rural Broadband Pilot Program that would help create gigabit projects in rural communities, which will be overseen by the Secretary and will last through September 30, 2018. (NO)

Rice (R-SC) Amdt. #189: Reauthorizes Pasture Based Beef Systems for the Appalachia Research Initiative. (Leaning NO)

Gohmert (R-TX) Amdt. #190: Inserts a new short title, “Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management and Food Stamp Act of 2013”. (YES)

Gohmert (R-TX) Amdt. #191: Strikes title IV (SNAP Provisions). (Leaning YES)

Polis (D-CO), Blumenauer (D-OR), Massie (R-KY) Amdt. #192: Allows institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The provision only applies to states that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under state law. (YES)

Goodlatte (R-VA), Scott, David (D-GA), Collins, Chris (R-NY), Moran, James (D-VA), Duffy (R-WI), Polis (D-CO), Coffman (R-CO), Meeks (D-NY), DeGette (D-CO), Issa (R-CA), Sessions (R-TX) Amdt. #194: The Amendment would remove Subtitle D PART I—”DAIRY PRODUCER MARGIN PROTECTION AND DAIRY MARKET STABILIZATION PROGRAMS” and replaces it with a new “Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program”. The amendment provides dairy producers with the option to annually enroll in a new margin insurance program at levels of $4.00 and up to $8.00 in increments of fifty cents. Based on the highest annual of three previous calendar years of their milk marketings, dairy producers are allowed to elect their coverage level and the percentage of coverage up to 80% at the start of the program and annually thereafter. Dairy producers are also allowed to update their production history annually. The Secretary is required to make payments to dairy producers enrolled in the program whenever the actual dairy producer margin drops below $4.00 (or below a higher level of coverage up to $8.00). The amendment leaves the rest of the underlying dairy title intact, including the removal of the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the MILC Program, and the Dairy Export Assistance Program and the reauthorization of the 1996 FMMO additional order provision. (Leaning YES)

Goodlatte (R-VA), Costa (D-CA), Womack (R-AR), Welch (D-VT) Amdt. #196: Each year when the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency makes the final official determination of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the following calendar year, the Secretary of Agriculture shall use the U.S. Department of Agriculture report, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (or similar public and authoritative estimates provided by the Secretary of Agriculture) to determine the U.S. corn stocks-to-use ratio. The Secretary shall recommend that EPA reduce the RFS, for traditional corn ethanol, for the following calendar year according to the calculated stocks to use ratio as directed. The Secretary of Agriculture shall share this request with Congress. (Leaning YES)

Schweikert (R-AZ) Amdt. #198: Late Strikes the Health Food Financing Initiative. (YES)

Sanford (R-SC) Amdt. #199: Late Repeals the Market Access Program (MAP), which spends taxpayers’ dollars on advertising and promotion for private companies and trade associations (YES)

Blumenauer (D-OR) Amdt. #202: Late Eliminates the restriction on medical expense deductions for medical marijuana in those states that have legalized medical marijuana. (Leaning YES-may not score though)

Palazzo (R-MS) Amdt. #209: Late Authorizes funding for the Agriculture Technology Innovation Partnership program that is already set up through USDA. The amendment would make authorize $500K for the pilot program. (NO)

Neugebauer (R-TX) Amdt. #217: Late Repeals permanent farm law and ends every program within the bill after five years. (YES)

Connolly (D-VA) Amdt. #220: Late Prohibits Members of Congress or their spouses from receiving benefits or subsidies authorized by the bill. (YES)

Kingston (R-GA), Westmoreland (R-GA), Scott, Austin (R-GA) Amdt. #222: Late Eliminates the provision that allows people to receive 113.6% of your normal (100%) SNAP benefits. (Leaning YES)

Note: There are several amendments (in particular Democrat amendments) that attempt to stop the spending cuts. LLPH will reserve the right to score these amendments. Any spending cuts that have been made in this bloated Farm bill must be kept.

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