The U.S. House of Representatives voted down its 2013 Farm Bill on Thursday by a 195-234 vote with six members not voting. Next steps for the $940 billion legislation, which authorizes farm programs, conservation and food stamp spending for five years, were not immediately clear. The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill last week.
A total of 103 of the initially proposed 227 amendments to the bill were considered on the House floor. Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) offered an amendment to repeal the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, which was defeated on the floor by a voice vote but later approved 235 to 192 by a recorded vote.
"The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is very appreciative for the support of the members who defended the sheep industry," said Fran Boyd, ASI's representative in Washington, D.C. "In particular, Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) are to be thanked for speaking on the floor refuting the false claims of the amendment."
Authorization and funding for the sheep center is in the Senate-passed version of the Farm Bill.
The results of the final Farm Bill roll call are available at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll286.xml and the Radel amendment roll call can be viewed at www.sheepusa.org/user_files/file_1236.pdf.