Farm Bill front burner issue again for animal advocates
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Tuesday's Horse
October 2013

ACTION

If the King Amendment is left in, it can be used to overturn critical State animal protection laws across the country including horse abuse and bans on slaughter.

Please call the following four Conference Committee leaders asking them to remove the King Amendment:

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich
(202) 224-4822
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Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss
(202) 224-5054
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Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla
(202) 225-5565
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Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn
(202) 225-2165
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

After many months without any formal “conferences”, two high profile committees will begin public meetings this week on the Farm Bill and the Budget.

Farm Bill talks are likely to focus on the level of cuts to the food stamp program. The Senate has passed a Farm Bill with $4 billion in cuts, while the House supports a $39 billion cut
.
Important to animal advocates in this Farm bill is the deadly King Amendment.

We need to act fast.

If the King Amendment is left in, it can be used to overturn critical State animal protection laws across the country including horse abuse and bans on slaughter.

What is a Conference Committee?

  • Conference committees are set up when the House and Senate have passed two different versions of a bill. Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution requires that both chambers pass the exact same language before a bill can be presented for the President’s signature and become law.
  • Majority and minority leaders in both houses appoint “conferees” to negotiate a new, combined version of the bills, which goes for a vote in both chambers. While conference reports are subject to filibuster rules in the Senate, they are not subject to amendments, so each will get an “up or down vote.” In order for a conference committee to release its report, however, a majority of conferees must sign off.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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