By Erik Wasson - 07/11/12 02:54 PM EDT
The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday launched into a marathon markup of the five-year farm bill, with members facing 100 amendments to the bill, according to Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).
Lucas announced that some of the amendments filed were not germane, as they involve matters outside the jurisdiction of the committee. He said no votes would be held on these measures.
The first amendment taken up was one to alter the dairy supply management program, offered by Reps. David Scott (D-Ga.) and Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteOvernight Finance: Anxiety grows over Brexit vote | Investors prefer Trump to Clinton in poll | Key chairman open to censuring IRS chief Judiciary chairman signals openness to censuring IRS chief A fix for the well-intended ethanol flop MORE (R-Va.). Scott argued that the program drives up the price of milk, affecting the poor greatly.
They were opposed by Rep. Peter WelchPeter WelchDefiant Sanders tells supporters: 'You can beat the establishment' Lawmakers line up to knock ethanol mandate Hoyer sees no philosophical divide between Clinton, House Dems MORE (D-Vt.) and members from other dairy-heavy districts who argued small dairy farms are struggling with the highest price volatility of any commodity.
Ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said the amendment would repeat mistakes in the market-oriented 1996 farm bill, which forced Congress to come back two years later to rescue many farmers with an expensive bailout.
"We only have 99 amendments to go," Lucas said as debate on Amendment One dragged on.
The dairy amendment was defeated 29 to 17.