FARM BILL CONFERENCE BEGINS AGAIN
URGENT. TAKE ACTION
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.
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.
— Ask your Rep to sign Dear Colleague letter on removing King Amendment; Tuesday’s Horse; July 30, 2013.