Rules Committee to Hold Emergency Farm Bill Meeting Today as USA Rice Members Work on Capitol Hill for Passage

WASHINGTON -- With the House of Representatives expected to begin farm-bill debate on June 19, USA Rice Producers' Group (USARPG) Chairman and Texas rice producer Linda Raun and other producers and rice-industry leaders are on Capitol Hill for nearly 60 meetings this week to express strong support for the Agriculture Committee's bill, H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FAARM) of 2013. They also are urging opposition to any amendments that would harm farm-safety-net, crop-insurance, conservation, and trade and food-aid programs.

Floor debate on the bill may begin only after the House Rules Committee issues its policies, procedures and timetable to govern the chamber's deliberations. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has announced this week's floor schedule, which includes concluding legislative work by adjournment on June 20. The Rules Committee has called an emergency session for 5 p.m. EDT today to consider H.R. 1947. Representatives had until 2 p.m. today to submit potential farm-bill amendments to the Rules Committee for decisions about their germaneness, or applicability, to the legislation. Nearly 125 amendments were posted on the committee's web site earlier today.

USA Rice has been very active in promoting passage of the Agriculture Committee's bill in a June 12 letter sent to rice-district representatives from Mark Denman, USA Rice Federation Chairman, and USARPG Chairman Linda Raun. USA Rice also signed two other letters sent by agricultural and related organizations to House members on June 11.

"H.R. 1947 saves taxpayers roughly $40 billion while working to meet the important policy objectives of a farm bill, including initiatives on conservation, exports, domestic and international hunger, rural credit and infrastructure, energy, forestry, research, as well as the risk management needs of America's farmers and ranchers," Denman and Raun said. "Absent passage of a farm bill, taxpayer savings and reforms cannot be achieved and those impacted by the farm bill will face continued uncertainty. Passage of the farm bill is the responsible approach."

Contact: Reece Langley, (703) 236-1471

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