House Farm Bill conference committee members named

Republican and Democratic House members who will serve on the House-Senate Conference Committee, tasked with resolving differences between the House and Senate-passed farm bills, have been named. Also on Friday, the House passed, by voice vote, a motion to go to conference with the Senate.

 

REPUBLICAN CONFEREES

House Committee on Agriculture

• Rep. Frank D. Lucas, Oklahoma (Chair)

• Rep. Steve King, Iowa

• Rep. Randy Neugebauer, Texas

• Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama

• Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Texas

• Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Pennsylvania

• Rep. Austin Scott, Georgia

• Rep. Rick Crawford, Arkansas

• Rep. Martha Roby, Alabama

• Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota

• Rep. Jeff Denham, California

• Rep. Rodney Davis, Illinois

 

Leadership representative

• Rep. Steve Southerland, Florida

 

House Foreign Affairs Committee

• Rep. Ed Royce, California

• Rep. Tom Marino, Pennsylvania

 

House Ways & Means Committee

• Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan

• Rep. Sam Johnson, Texas

 

DEMOCRATIC CONFEREES

House Committee on Agriculture

• Rep. Collin Peterson, Minnesota (Ranking Member)

• Rep. Mike McIntyre, North Carolina

• Rep. Jim Costa, California

• Rep. Tim Walz, Minnesota

• Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon

• Rep. Jim McGovern, Massachusetts

• Rep. Suzan DelBene, Washington 

• Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, California

• Rep. Filemon Vela, Texas

 

Leadership representative

• Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio (Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus)

 

House Foreign Affairs Committee

• Rep. Eliot Engel, New York

 

House Ways & Means Committee

• Rep. Sandy Levin, Michigan

 

Lucas comments

"I am pleased to be at this point in the farm bill process where we are about to begin negotiations with our friends in the Senate and put a final bill together,” said House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla). “This has been a long and challenging process, but that does not discount the product we have achieved with billions of dollars in savings and reforms, and policy that works for all of agriculture all across the country. There are challenging issues yet to overcome, but we have a solid team of negotiators in place. I am confident we can reach consensus and send a five-year farm bill to the president."

 

Peterson comments

“Appointing conferees might be a sign that, after repeatedly delaying and undermining the Agriculture Committee’s work, Republican leaders are finally getting serious about the farm bill,” said House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). “Conferees are committed to working together and getting a farm bill done but bringing divisive resolutions to a vote and appointing conferees outside the Agriculture Committee has made our jobs a lot harder.

“The Democratic conferees represent our caucus and bring a great deal of expertise to the process,” Peterson continued. “I am hopeful that if Republican Leadership can be reasonable and leave the conference committee alone to do its work that we will be able to finish a five-year, comprehensive farm bill this year.”

 

NMPF comments

“We commend the leadership of the House of Representatives for taking the next crucial step towards completing a new farm bill, and creating a new and better safety net for dairy farmers,” said Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer, NMPF. “With the naming of these House members, negotiations with the Senate can now proceed on a final farm bill package.

“NMPF will be working in the coming days to remind both the Senate and House conferees of the importance of a balanced and cost-effective dairy program,” said Mulhern. “The Senate’s bipartisan Dairy Security Act is the only program designed to both help farmers when they need it most, while also limiting taxpayers’ liability through its market stabilization mechanism. Without the market stabilization program, farmers will continue to suffer prolonged periods of poor margins, while taxpayers will subsidize artificially-low milk prices.

“The Dairy Security Act protects farmers of all sizes, allows for growth, and keeps taxpayer costs in check,” Mulhern added. “The alternative is an irresponsible budget-buster. We strongly encourage the agriculture conferees to support the dairy title language in the Senate farm bill, and to include its provisions in the final package.”