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AFBF: Partisan Votes Standard Practice on Farm Bill

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Washington, April 25, 2018 | comments

Yesterday, RFD-TV spoke with American Farm Bureau Federation’s Vice President of Public Affairs Dale Moore to discuss how party-line votes are “standard practice” for farm bills. View highlights and full feature below.

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Moore said:

You can go back to the 95-96 farm bill process, you can go back to the ’94 USDA reorganization process, different steps, and different issues along the way, and regardless of who’s in the majority you see a very party line vote with legislation coming out of the committee. The bottom line is given some of the issues particularly around the nutrition title, I don’t think it is unexpected.

I think one need only look at the number assigned to the bill. H.R. 2 has been reserved and when you consider the Speaker’s priorities for this Congress, H.R. 1 was tax reform, H.R. 2 is the farm bill. I know that speaks volumes to where leadership in the House puts the farm bill as one of the important accomplishments they’re looking to get done this year.

The action by the House Ag Committee gives an extra boost to Chairman Roberts and Senator Stabenow as they put their version of the farm bill together and we’re doing it at a time of the year where they still have high expectations that they can get a good farm bill done in their respective chambers, get it to conference, and get it all finalized if not right before the current farm bill expires then shortly thereafter.

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