Farm Bill front burner issue again for animal advocates

FARM BILL CONFERENCE BEGINS AGAIN

URGENT. TAKE ACTION

2013 Farm Bill process chart from farmersmarketcoalition.org.

After many months without any formal “conferences”, two high profile committees will begin public meetings this week on the Farm Bill and the Budget.

Farm Bill talks are likely to focus on the level of cuts to the food stamp program. The Senate has passed a Farm Bill with $4 billion in cuts, while the House supports a $39 billion cut.

Important to animal advocates in this Farm bill is the deadly King Amendment.

We need to act fast.

If the King Amendment is left in, it can be used to overturn critical State animal protection laws across the country including horse abuse and bans on slaughter.

What is a Conference Committee?

  • Conference committees are set up when the House and Senate have passed two different versions of a bill. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution requires that both chambers pass the exact same language before a bill can be presented for the President’s signature and become law.

  • Majority and minority leaders in both houses appoint “conferees” to negotiate a new, combined version of the bills, which goes for a vote in both chambers. While conference reports are subject to filibuster rules in the Senate, they are not subject to amendments, so each will get an “up or down vote.” In order for a conference committee to release its report, however, a majority of conferees must sign off.

TAKE ACTION

Please call the following four committee leaders asking them to remove the King Amendment:

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich – (202) 224-4822
  • Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss – (202) 224-5054
  • Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla – (202) 225-5565
  • Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn – (202) 225-2165

Keep your calls to the point and respectful. Say something like:

“Hello, I am calling to ask you to please oppose and remove the King amendment from the final Farm Bill. The King amendment threatens States’ rights concerning many issues important to me. Please see that the King amendment is taken out of the Farm Bill.”

Time is of the essence. That is why only calls will do. Thank you for making your calls today.

RELATED READING

Ask your Rep to sign Dear Colleague letter on removing King Amendment; Tuesday’s Horse; July 30, 2013.

6 thoughts on “Farm Bill front burner issue again for animal advocates”

  1. Not again. >.< It's bad enough that it threatens horse welfare, but this also puts the well-being of many other animals at risk too. From the looks of it, Steve King gets the idea that the HSUS and PeTA will drive "production agriculture out of existence." I strongly disagree. COUNTLESS individuals have and WILL continue to rely upon animals for products, be it milk, eggs, meat, etc. Plus, as long as PeTA continues to exercise their agenda in an abusive and militant fashion, very few will take them seriously.
    Boycotting a Farm Bill won't allow animal rights groups to push animal husbandry to the brink of extinction, but will give way to advancing the standards to which livestock will be used. Period. As I mentioned earlier, farm animals will still be owned and managed, but it doesn't mean that we cannot improve their standards of living. After all, animals have helped mankind to prosper as a species; providing us with transportation, food, and companionship. The least we can do for them is provide them with the best means of living. That goes for those who will be processed as well because, up until the very second they die, are living, breathing creatures that have emotions and feel pain.

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  2. King is the representative for my district. It does no good to try to get him to change his vote about anything. He is the biggest know it all ever born. I’m 67. I thought I had already met the biggest one. And then I met Steve King. The same Steve King who would legalize dog fighting since it’s legal for humans to fight. And he thinks you should be able to take your kids to the dog fight, too. This is what we’re up against. He is not supportive of any animal welfare. I wonder how many of his own family’s pets he’s killed.

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  3. After making and calling all these sen and reps I asked what their stand was on this issue , only one knew Sen Debbie Stabenow she, agrees it should be taken out !!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Arlene for making these urgent, important calls. King made the amendment but it is up to the Conference Cmte members as to whether or not it stays or goes.

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      1. Dear Vivian !!!Also have emailed this to everyone I know , I am hoping their phones are ringing of the wall, i did also ask if they are receiving lots of calls , and their reply was YES !!!!! So Thank You to everyone for taking the time to call these people !!!! Please everyone keep calling !!!!!!!

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