House to vote on motion to conference with Senate on farm bill

Members will start on the floor by voting on the rule. After that, debate on the motion to meet with the Senate will happen, and members will then consider two nonbinding resolutions that call on House-Senate conferees to consider reforms to the sugar and crop insurance programs. One from Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) would end sugar import quotas.

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The other, from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would require an income-based means test for participation in the crop insurance program. The Senate farm bill has language along these lines, but Ryan failed to get it attached to the House bill.

Both of these resolutions could fail, but even so, the House is expected to approve the motion to meet with the Senate on the farm bill. Conferees from the House might also be named today.

The House version of the bill is H.R. 2642, which passed in a close July vote. Democrats voted unanimously against the bill, in large part because the bill stripped out food stamp language for the first time in decades — the House later passed a separate nutrition bill that included food stamps.