What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Farmers : HR 2646. Farm Bill/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Lift Ban on U.S. Agricultural Sales to Cuba During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate. (2002 house Roll Call 105)
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HR 2646. Farm Bill/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Lift Ban on U.S. Agricultural Sales to Cuba During Conference Committee Negotiations with the Senate.
house Roll Call 105     Apr 23, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The farm bill is a large piece of legislation that authorizes a wide range of agricultural programs. It had last been passed in 1996, and by 2002 was due to be reauthorized. Versions of the reauthorization had passed the House and Senate, and negotiators-"conferees"-from each body were hammering out the details of the final package. The Senate version lifted a ban on private financing for agricultural sales to Cuba. Progressives supported this move because they felt the ban only hurt American and Cuban farmers and businesses and was unlikely to undermine the Castro regime. Dooley (D-CA) moved to instruct the House conferees to agree to the Senate provisions lifting the ban. Progressives favored lifting the ban, so they also favored this motion to instruct. The motion passed by a wide margin, 273-143.

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