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The Agriculture Committee GOP conferees are Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.), and Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Randy NeugebauerRobert (Randy) Randolph NeugebauerCordray announces he's leaving consumer bureau, promotes aide to deputy director GOP eager for Trump shake-up at consumer bureau Lobbying World MORE (Texas), Mike Rogers (Ala.), Michael Conaway (Texas), Glenn Thompson (Pa.), Austin Scott (Ga.), Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordState lawmaker on leaving GOP: 'Overturning free elections ... goes down hard with me' READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Thompson named top Republican on Agriculture MORE (Ark.), Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyLobbying world House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit The year of the Republican woman MORE (Ala.), Kristi Noem (S.D.), Jeff Denham (Calif.) and Rodney Davis (Ill.).

House Foreign Affairs Committee will be represented by Chairman Ed Royce (Calif.) and Rep. Tom Marino (Pa.), and the Ways & Means Committee will be represented by Chairman Dave Camp (Mich.) and Rep. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonVan Taylor wins reelection to Texas seat held by GOP since 1968 House seeks ways to honor John Lewis Sam Johnson: Fighter for the greater good MORE (Texas).

Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) expressed optimism on Saturday.

"There are challenging issues yet to overcome, but we have a solid team of negotiators in place. I am confident we can reach consensus and send a five-year farm bill to the president,' he said. 


Democrats countered the Southerland appointment by placing Congressional Black Caucus head and food stamp advocate Rep. Marsha Fudge (D-Ohio) on the panel.

Ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said that the conference could work if House leaders are willing to compromise. 

"I am hopeful that if Republican Leadership can be reasonable and leave the conference committee alone to do its work that we will be able to finish a five-year, comprehensive farm bill this year," he said. 

House Democratic conferees in addition to Petereson and Fudge are Agriculture Committee members Reps. Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Jim Costa (Calif.),

Tim Walz (Minn.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneTo encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to secure internet-connected devices Hillicon Valley: House approves almost billion in cyber, tech funds as part of relief package | Officials warn of 'widespread' exploit of Microsoft vulnerabilities | Facebook files to dismiss antitrust lawsuits MORE (Wash.), Gloria Negrete McLeod (Calif.), Filemon Vela (Texas); Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.), and Ways and Means Committee Sandy Levin (Mich.).