What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : HR 2646. Farm Bill/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Reauthorize a Host of Important Federal Agricultural Programs. (2002 house Roll Call 122)
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HR 2646. Farm Bill/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Reauthorize a Host of Important Federal Agricultural Programs.
house Roll Call 122     May 02, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The farm bill is a large composite of federal agriculture programs that must be reauthorized every few years. With reauthorization overdue by 2002, lawmakers cobbled together a compromise bill that retreated from the free-market approach Republicans had taken in 1996. However, it also retreated from a number of provisions in the Senate's version of the bill, including both subsidies to farmers to encourage conservation and a loosening of the cap on the maximum subsidy any single farm could receive in a given year. Kind (DWI) tried to reinsert these provisions. He moved to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions that the cap be lowered from $360,000 to $275,000, and that extra money be diverted to conservation, nutrition, rural development, and renewable energy programs. Progressives supported this motion because they felt there was too little conservation in the current bill and the large subsidies only benefited large corporate farms. They voted "yes," but the motion failed 172-251.

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