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House Ag Committee farm bill markup underway

Democratic and Republican members of the House Ag Committee came out swinging as the group began its markup of the farm bill. 

Ranking Member David Scott in opening comments voiced discontent. “I cannot, and I will not support this bill,” he said. “I will vote no and I encourage my colleagues to oppose it as well.”

Glenn “GT” Thompson says more than 90 percent of the text was negotiated with the Ranking Member over the past 10 months. “This farm bill has been estimated to cost $1.51 trillion over 10 years, over 1.1 trillion of that is in the Nutrition Title,” he says.

Connecticut Democrat Jahana Hayes says she has not seen a bipartisan effort in the process. “I think any one of us would have loved to have the opportunity to at least get one or two of our priorities in, and that’s what we are asking for and that is what we are working for because I too had a field hearing in my district and many of the things that my constituents talked about are not included in here,” she said.

Thompson says the legislation contains more than 40 Democrat-only marker bills, along with nearly 80 bipartisan bills. “If Democrat member’s priority is not within this bill, I would urge them to ask the Ranking Member and their staff why or raise an amendment, that’s what the amendment process is for,” he said.

Hayes says the Congressional Budget Office estimates the proposed changes to the Thrifty Food Plan would cut nutrition benefits by $30 billion in starting in 2027.

Access the hearing here.

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