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    Who Writes the Farm Bill?

    Usually the Farm Bill is written for the most part by the Agriculture Committees in both the House and Senate, with considerable guidance and direction from the relevant Congressional leadership. Those Committees carefully consider what legislation will get the necessary votes to pass out of the chamber, so that they can negotiate the final language within a conference committee composed of members of both chambers. That final language, called a conference report, is the legislation that is submitted to both chambers for an up or down vote with no changes. But what happens this farm bill cycle when you have a Super Committee possibly deciding key funding issues?

    A few possibilities:
    • The Agriculture Committees write a bill and submit it to the Super Committee for possible inclusion within whatever budget-cutting package the Super Committee produces.
    • The Super Committee writes its own bill (or more likely portions of the farm bill related to funding cuts) for inclusion in its package and then the Agriculture Committees write a bill under normal order in the next year before the Farm Bill expires on September 30, 2012, using whatever funding restrictions have been imposed by the Super Committee's package.
    • The Super Committee is unable to achieve agreement on a package, forcing an automatic round of funding cuts. The Agriculture Committees write a bill under normal order, but they likely will still face a great deal of pressure to achieve savings through cost-cutting.

    Regardless, cuts are coming. The vehicle for moving the legislation may change and the authors of the cuts may change, but cuts are coming. The next few weeks should give additional signs with regard to how the Super Committee will operate and what signals it will send to the Agriculture Committees for their recommendations that are due on October 14. According to press reports in Politico, the Super Committee is supposed to be putting up a website by the end of the week and pulling together public hearings.

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