House Ag chair says farm bill can be wrapped up Thursday

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Passage of the en bloc amendment package was done after little debate. Amendments included en bloc were numbers 53, 59, 60, 62-97, and 103. Details on these amendments can be seen here (use the bolded numbers on the far left side).

In the hours before that vote, the House had considered roughly 50 amendments out of the 103 made in order. To finish by Thursday, the House will have to hold at least 17 votes on amendments, based on debate that took place Wednesday.

Before adjourning just before midnight, the House approved six other amendments by voice vote, from:

— Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), requiring an analysis of FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act before final regulations are enforced.

— Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), ensuring USDA considers regulations in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act to ease the impact on small businesses.

— Rob Wittman (R-Va.), adding performance-based measures to the farm bill.

— Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), modifying the exemption levels of EPA's rules for above-ground oil tanks.

— Crawford (R-Ark.), prohibiting the EPA from disclosing the private information of farmers and ranchers.

— Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), sunsetting all discretionary programs in the bill after the expiration of the five-year authorization period.

— This story was updated at 11:57 p.m.