This Week in DC
House Republican leaders hope to pass a farm bill this week over likely unified Democratic opposition but GOP members head into the debate with divisions over critical amendments over sugar policy, crop insurance and other issues.
The House Rules Committee will go a long way toward deciding the fate of the bill when it meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday to decide which of the 103 amendments that have been filed will be allowed for debate.
House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway has been pushing Rules to limit the types of amendments that reach the floor and working with leadership to get support for the overall bill and to defeat amendments that Conaway considers poison pills. Conaway wants Rules to require amendment sponsors to agree ahead of time to support the bill on final passage. That vote is scheduled for Friday.
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