LLPH Key VOTES: List of Amendments to be Debated on #FarmBill and Our Positions!

We will be live-updating on Twitter and Facebook. We reserve the right to score any votes listed below. Unlikely, but we may score some votes not listed below. But we will continue updating throughout the day. 

1. McGovern (MA), Wilson (FL), Grayson (FL), Meeks (NY), Chu (CA), Lee, Barbara (CA), Conyers (MI), Wasserman Schultz (FL), Deutch (FL), Esty (CT),Capuano (MA), Tsongas (MA), Fudge (OH), Cárdenas (CA), Langevin (RI), Doggett (TX), Ellison (MN), Welch (VT), DelBene (WA), Cicilline (RI), Doyle (PA), Bonamici (OR), Gallego (TX), Blumenauer (OR), Holt (NJ), Kennedy (MA), Horsford (NV), DeGette (CO), Courtney (CT), Pallone (NJ), Serrano (NY), Tonko (NY), Kilmer (WA), Pingree (ME), Hastings, Alcee (FL), Edwards (MD), DeFazio (OR), Cohen (TN), McDermott (WA), Brown, Corrine (FL), Clarke (NY), Veasey, Marc (TX), Green, Gene (TX), Johnson, Hank (GA), Norton (DC), Frankel (FL), Titus (NV), Pocan, Mark (WI), Sarbanes (MD), Davis, Danny K. (IL), RoybalAllard (CA), Brady, Robert (PA), Lowenthal (CA), Lujan (NM), Crowley (NY), Matsui (CA), Beatty, (OH), Meng (NY), Waters (CA), Honda (CA), Green, Al (TX), Himes (CT), Bera, (CA), Huffman (CA), Engel (NY), Kuster, Ann (NH), O’Rourke (TX), Jeffries (NY), Rush (IL), Loebsack (IA), Castor (FL), Smith, Adam (WA)-All Democrats: #146 (REVISED) Restores the $20.5 billion cuts in SNAP by offsetting the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option.: LLPH Vote: STRONG NO.

2. Gibbs (R-OH) and Kind (D-WI): #3 Sets the target price for all crops at 55 percent of the five year rolling Olympic average. The amendment also changes the acreage available for target price support to 85 percent of the farmer’s base acres.  (The Hill: “Corn and soy farmers in the Midwest are supporting an amendment by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) to limit price-based subsidies they say distort markets by encouraging farmers to plant certain crops based on what the government is paying.”: LLPH Vote: Lean YES

3. Foxx (R-NC): #79 Caps spending on the Farm Risk Management Election program at 110% of CBO-predicted levels for the first five (5) years in which payments are disbursed (FY 2016 –2020). LLPH Vote: YES

4. Ellison (D-MN): #188 Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to complete a study on the climate impacts of the Price Loss Coverage program. LLPH Vote: Lean NO

5. Broun (R-GA): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean YES

7. Graves, Tom (R-GA): #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. LLPH Vote: YES

15. Royce (R-CA) and Engel (D-NY): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

16. Chabot (R-OH) and McClintock (R-CA): #43 Repeals Section 3102, which reauthorizes the Market Access Program (MAP) until 2018. LLPH Vote: STRONG YES.

17. Titus (D-NV): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

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

22. Hudson (R-NC), LaMalfa (R-CA), Yoho (R-FL): #46 Allows states to conduct drug testing on SNAP applicants as a condition for receiving benefits. LLPH Vote: Lean YES

23. Conaway (R-TX): #160 Requires a 10% reduction in the Thrifty Food Plan calculation in any year that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is not authorized. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

24. Kingston (R-GA), Westmoreland (R-GA), Scott, Austin (R-GA): #222 (LATE) Eliminates the provision that allows people to receive 113.6% of your normal (100%) SNAP benefits. LLPH Vote: Lean YES

27. Chabot (R-OH): #58 Shortens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit expunging statute and require a State agency to expunge benefits that have not been accessed by a household after a period of 60 days. LLPH Vote: YES

28. Black (R-TN): #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.” LLPH Vote: STRONG YES

30. Schweikert (R-AZ): #198 (LATE) Strikes the Health Food Financing Initiative. LLPH Vote: YES

32. Tierney (MA), Keating (MA), Markey, Edward (MA), Lynch (MA), Bishop, Tim (NY), Shea Porter, Carol (NH): #78 Allows commercial fishermen to be eligible recipients of the Emergency Disaster Loan program. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

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

35. Rice, Tom (R-SC): #189 Reauthorizes Pasture Based Beef Systems for the Appalachia Research Initiative. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

36. Palazzo (R-MS): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

37. Polis (D-CO), Blumenauer (D-OR), and Massie (R-KY): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

38. Garamendi (D-CA) and Gibson (R-NY): #86 Modifies the Forest Legacy program to allow qualified third party, non-governmental entities to hold the conservation easements financed with Forest Legacy revenue. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

41. Marino (R-PA): #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. LLPH Vote: STRONG YES.

42. Neugebauer (R-TX) and Vela (D-TX): #216 (LATE) Makes fermentable sugar biomass crops eligible for payments under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. LLPH Vote: NO.

43. McClintock (R-CA): #92 Strikes Sec. 10003 – the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. This duplicative program funds lessons on food preparation, promotions of locally-grown crops and advertising of farmers markets. LLPH Vote: STRONG YES

45. Walorski (R-IN): #10 Continues the prohibition on the Christmas tree tax by striking the section of the bill that lifts the stay on the tax. LLPH Vote: YES

46. Courtney (D-CT) and Wittman (R-VA): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

47. Kind (D-WI), Petri (R-WI), Blumenauer (D-OR), Conyers (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): #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. LLPH Vote: YES.

48. Carney (D-DE) and Radel (R-FL): #1 Strikes section 11012 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act. LLPH Vote: YES.

49. Radel (R-FL): #12 Repeals the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center. LLPH Vote: STRONG YES

50. Walberg (R-MI): #97 Strikes the addition of “natural stone” to the list of commodity products that can petition the USDA for the issuance of a promotion and research order. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

57. Crawford (R-AR) and Terry (R-NE): #219 (LATE) (REVISED) Prohibits the EPA from procuring or disclosing the private information of farmers and ranchers. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

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

73. Michaud (D-ME), Welch (D-VT), Owens (D-NY), Shea Porter, Carol (D-NH), McIntyre (D-NC), O’Rourke (D-TX):

#34 Reauthorizes through fiscal year 2018 the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, and the Southwest Border Regional Commission. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

75. Gabbard (D-HI), Hanabusa (D-HI), Pierluisi (D-PR): #106 Authorizes research, development, and a pest management plan to combat the coffee berry borer. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

77. Slaughter (D-NY) and Polis (D-CO): #85 Reauthorizes the Research and Education Grants for the Study of Antibiotic Research program through 2018; it does not explicitly authorize or appropriate any funds. Reauthorization ensures that research into antibioticresistant bacteria remains a priority of NIFA and that NIFA retains the flexibility to fund the best research proposals on a competitive basis. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

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

83. Loesback (D-IA): #77 Reinstates feasibility studies under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Energy Title, Title IX. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

88. Foxx (R-NC) and Ellison (D-MN): #76 Requires the government to disclose the names of certain persons and entities receiving federal crop insurance subsidies. Specifically, disclosure would be required for Members of Congress and their immediate families, Cabinet Secretaries and their immediate families, and entities of which any of the preceding parties is a majority shareholder. LLPH Vote: YES.

89. Schock (R-IL):  #30 Includes pennycress as a research and development priority at the Risk Management Agency. LLPH Vote: Lean NO.

98. Pitts (PA), Davis, Danny K. (IL), Goodlatte (VA), Blumenauer (OR): #13 Reforms the Federal sugar program, and for other purposes. LLPH Vote: YES.

99. Goodlatte (VA), Scott, David (GA), Collins, Chris (NY), Moran, James (VA), Duffy (WI), Polis (CO), Coffman (CO), Meeks (NY), DeGette (CO), Issa (CA), Sessions (TX), Lee, Barbara (CA): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

100. Fortenberry (R-NE): #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. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

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

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

103. Reed (NY), Walberg (MI), Yoho, Ted (FL): #49 Ends eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles and murderers after enactment into law. LLPH Vote: Lean YES.

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