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Noem, Welch lead House members urging farm bill vote


Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., are leading a bipartisan group of 62 House members urging House leaders to bring the farm bill to a vote before August, they said in a joint news release today.

Noem, a conservative Republican elected in 2010, and Welch, a prominent liberal, are requesting floor time to consider the bill so that it can be debated, conferenced, and ultimately passed into law before the current farm bill expires on September 30.

Their letter, addressed to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is signed by 38 Republicans and 24 Democrats.

“The message from our constituents and rural America is clear: we need a farm bill now,” the letter said. “We ask that you bring a farm bill up before the August district work period so that the House will have the opportunity to work its will. We ask that you make this legislation a priority of the House as it is critically important to rural and urban Americans alike.”

Signatures on the letter:
  • Kristi Noem, R-S.D.
  • Peter Welch, D-Vt.
  • Robert Schilling, R-Ill.
  • Henry Cuellar, D-Texas
  • Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas
  • Bill Owens, D-N.Y.
  • Rick Crawford, R-Ark.
  • Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa
  • Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio
  • Tim Walz, D-Minn.
  • Austin Scott, R-Ga.
  • Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.
  • Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.
  • Tim Johnson, R-Ill.
  • Steve King, R-Iowa
  • Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio
  • Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.
  • David Loebsack, D-Iowa
  • Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif.
  • Jim Costa, D-Calif.
  • Rick Berg, R-N.D.
  • Larry Kissell, D-N.C.
  • Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo.
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
  • Brett Guthrie, R-Ky.
  • Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
  • Gregorio Sablan, D-MP
  • Mike Simpson, R-Idaho
  • Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.
  • Chris Gibson, R-N.Y.
  • Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio
  • Sam Graves, R-Ga.
  • Bruce Braley, D-Iowa
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo.
  • Jeff Landry, R-La.
  • Thomas Rooney, R-Fla.
  • Martha Roby, R-Ala.
  • Denny Rehberg, R-Mont.
  • Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
  • Tim Holden, D-Pa.
  • Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y.
  • John Garamendi, D-Calif.
  • Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.
  • Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan.
  • Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio
  • Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.
  • Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.
  • Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
  • Tom Latham, R-Iowa
  • Chellie Pingree, D-Maine
  • Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga.
  • James Lankford, R-Okla.
  • Dan Benishek, R-Mich.
  • Billy Long, R-Mo.
  • Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
  • Joe Courtney, D-Conn.
  • Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.
  • Aaron Schock, R-Ill.
  • Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.
  • Charles Boustany Jr., R-La
  • Dan Lungren, R-Calif.
  • Candice Miller, R-Mich.