House Judiciary Makes Change to Farm Bill

The House Judiciary Committee favorably reported the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 by voice vote Wednesday - but not before adding an amendment to the House Agriculture Committee's version of the farm bill to ensure the Dairy Market Stabilization Program and new conservation programs are subject to promulgation under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Congressional Review Act. The requirement was waived in the version of the bill reported by the Agriculture Committee. Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte called it a matter of transparency and accountability within the federal rulemaking process. Given the broad changes and economic impacts that programs in the FARRM Act will bring to America's farmers and ranchers - Goodlatte said - the public deserves a full and fair opportunity to comment on the regulations that will determine how these programs will be run. The Committee approved the amendment by voice vote with bipartisan support.

Goodlatte said the amendment does not solve what many believe are the fundamental problems with the Dairy Market Stabilization Program. Goodlatte doesn't believe the Dairy Market Stabilization Program and supply management for dairy should be a part of the farm bill. He said he will address that when the legislation is brought to the House floor.

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