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Twelve more sign farm bill discharge petition

Fourteen more House members today signed the discharge petition to bring the farm bill to the House floor, but the two Republicans who signed it today — Scott Tipton of Colorado and Renee Elmers of North Carolina — later withdrew their signatures.

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, must gather 218 signatures, a majority of the House members, to force the House leadership to bring up the bill, but he noted today that the 51 signatures accounted for almost one-fourth of the House.

“We are gaining support from Democrats and Republicans who all see the need for the farm bill to be passed before September 30th,” Braley said in a news release today.

“This is a bipartisan effort that desperately needs to happen. I cannot believe it took so long for the bill to be reported out of committee by Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio], but now that it has, I am working with my colleagues to gain as many signatures as we can to get this bill to the floor for a vote.”