A note from our Close Partner Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural:
We urge you to call your members on the Agriculture Committee urge them to vote for: Lujan-Grisham amendment 082: to restore 2501 Outreach funds, Fudge Amendment 092: to require a receipt for service for all farmers.
to learn more about the 2501 program check out the Rural Coalition program brief summary: http://bit.ly/YJb3Op
In addition, please ask them to use the list at the bottom of this email to guide their votes in the mark up today.
Report on Yesterday – The Senate Agriculture Committee passed their version of the 2013 Farm Bill and have already prepared it for Senate Floor action where debate could begin before the end of this week, so stayed tuned as amendments are being readied. A regional debate on commodity policies is expected, and also on SNAP and likely crop insurance.
House Action – The House Agriculture Committee is expected to vote on some 95 amendments. Up first probably will be an “en bloc” amendment presented as a package to accept everything that is of agreement to both the chair and the ranking member. As in 2012, a rousing debate on nutrition and SNAP is expected, with cuts this year starting at $20 Billion rather than $16 Billion that was the opening bid last year. But there are no commodity and crop insurance amendments, while there are some on various approaches to how rural is defined, and others on local food, conservation, energy and rural development. There will also be negative amendments to repeal COOL and on GIPSA that are on the oppose list below – NFFC and other GOAT collaboraters have submitted letters on these We are working on a more complete analysis, but there are a few important things to work on in the next few hours as members decide their votes.
We continue to review more of the amendments and will keep you posted.
Equity- There will be a number of amendments related to equity including one by Rep. Lujan Grisham to restore funding to the Outreach and Assistance Program for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers. Representative Fudge will also offer an amendment to require a receipt for service be provided to all farmers requesting service- this would help assure that all farmers and ranchers receive equitable access to all USDA programs.
We urge you to call your members on the Agriculture Committee and to urge them to vote for Lujan-Grisham amendment 082 to restore 2501 Outreach funds, and Fudge Amendment 092 to require a receipt for service for all farmers. In addition, please ask them to use the following list to guide their votes in the mark up today.
Equity Priorities (Support)
082 Lujan Grisham T12
092 Fudge T12 Requiring USDA
029 Fudge T4 to authorize the
084 Lujan Grisham T4 Remove
091 Fudge T12 To establish a
Other Priorities to Support
003 Walz T9 Provides mandatory
004 Negrete McLeod T4 To clarify
006 DelBene T8 Reimbursement of
009 DelBene T7 Sense of Congress
032 McGovern T11 To cap the rate
039 McIntyre T6 Mandatory
040 McIntyre T6 Rural
041 McIntyre T6 Essential
043 McGovern T4 Prevents the $20.
047 Gibson T6 Reauthorize both
051 Courtney T10 Restores
052 Courtney T10 Directs
053 Courtney T7 Authorizes USDA
058 Nolan T2 Raise max.
059 Nolan T2 Simplifies the CSP
068 Costa T4 Restore Fresh Fruit
069 Costa T10 Restore National
070 Costa T11 Private crop
078 Costa T11 Study of the
085 Lujan Grisham T6 Restore
088 Garamendi T2 Enable NRCS
007 DelBene T4 Altering SNAP eligibility by adjusting the household monthly income
008 DelBene T4 Ensuring children
042 McGovern T11 SCO shall not take effect until improper payments made in crop insurance program are equal to or less than the amount made in SNAP
064 Neugebauer T4 To increase
079 McGovern T4 SNAP cuts
005 Conaway T12 GIPSA.pdf
020 Austin Scott T12 Repeal
028 Kuster T2 Strike lower EQIP
071 King T12 Reinforcing the
037 Roby T4 SNAP standard utility
075 Schrader T4 LIHEAP utility
And remember stayed tuned for Senate floor action immediately following.
How to Use Social Media in the Process:
We will be “storming” the session through Twitter. During past Agriculture Committee hearings and mark-ups we have been able to update followers instantly from The Hill and directly and immediately communicate with Committee Members and their staff through Twitter! This is an important tool not to be overlooked.
We will be using the hashtag #FairFarmBill and #FarmBill . Be sure to utilize these hashtags so we can quickly retweet and spread each others messages.
You can tweet individual House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members using this twitter handle list:
And quickly follow and tweet the entire committee’s here:
Please utilize information and language from the Fair Farm Bill Equity Letter delivered to Congressional Agriculture Committee leaders and staff today with over 130 organization signatures and the Equity and Access Package to let Congressional members know the issues important to you.
Even if you do not live in a state with a representative on either the Senate or Congressional Agriculture Committee be sure to still contact your representative to let them know the issues important to you and ask them to hold the Agriculture Committee accountable and encourage them to pass a fair and equitable Farm Bill.
Finally, be sure to send A THANK YOU to Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee members who do advocate and fight for an equitable Farm Bill today. For those who support the amendments you support and continue to work with us. These thank you’s are very important.
We will keep you updated as today happens!
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