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Farm bill conferees summoned to D.C. Monday

Farm bill conferees have been summoned back to Washington by Monday morning for possible action on the bill.

The Office of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., sent the following message to Republican staff:

“I wanted to update everyone on the status of the farm bill. Conversations are ongoing and we remain optimistic that we can reach agreement in time to be on the floor next week.

“It is still unclear as to what meetings will be needed for this to reach a conclusion. If we are to be on the floor next week then we will need to file the conference report on Monday.

“As we see it, your bosses would need to be in town on Monday morning for one of two things: 1) a conference meeting to decide final issues or 2) a GOP conferee meeting to discuss the agreement and collect signatures. We would ask your boss to be prepared to be in town to attend a Monday morning meeting either way.”

Whether there is a meeting or just a gathering of signatures probably depends on how contentious the issues of dairy, payment limits, country-of-origin labeling, catfish and the amendment sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on interstate commerce are at this point.

The House will go out of session Wednesday for a Republican retreat, so any House vote would have to be before members leave. F

–The Hagstrom Report

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