11:08 PM EDT
Tom McClintock, R-CA 4th

Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

Page 509, strike line 15 and all that follows through page 512, line 22.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 271, the gentleman from California (Mr. McClintock) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes.

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from California.

11:08 PM EDT
Andy Barr, R-KY 6th

Mr. BARR. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of an amendment, one to ensure certainty and advance notice of any changes to crop insurance eligibility for our family farmers.

On December 18, 2012, the RMA made a decision to alter the 2013 provisions of insurance for flue-cured and burley tobacco to impose a more stringent rotation schedule on tobacco farmers. Starting this year, farms have to rotate land every 2 years to qualify for crop insurance coverage. Farmers had already made their preparations for spring planting at the time of this untimely announcement, and there was no public involvement or formal rule-making process. Many farmers had already purchased fertilizer,

signed leases and made other business decisions under the impression that the land they were making preparations for would be covered under the previous requirements.

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Had these farmers been made aware in advance of these changes that rendered many ineligible for crop insurance coverage, they would have had sufficient time to make alternative plans. This amendment would prevent this problem for any commodity moving forward.

The Acting CHAIR. The time of the gentleman has expired.

11:10 PM EDT
Andy Barr, R-KY 6th

Mr. BARR. Mr. Chairman, this amendment is very simple. It would not overturn any existing crop insurance requirements, but it would simply give our family farmers, including those in Kentucky, particularly Burley tobacco growers, the time they need to adjust to future changes in crop insurance requirements. It would require that any changes to current crop insurance policies be published and open for public comment at least 60 days before June 30, and at least 60 days before November 30 of the

preceding year. These dates are the self-imposed deadlines the risk management agency sets each year to announce any changes to existing policies for the ensuing crop season.

I encourage my colleagues to support the amendment.

11:13 PM EDT
Collin Peterson, D-MN 7th

Mr. PETERSON. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself 1 minute.

Mr. Chairman, I would like the chairman to know that I support his efforts to keep this process moving, but I'm hearing concerns apparently on our side about the reach of amendments Nos. 79 and 82 and some potential labor concerns. I'm not exactly sure what it is. Apparently, the Natural Resources Committee has got some forestry issues.

So I inquire if the gentleman is willing to work with us in this regard. I'm not sure exactly what the concerns are. [Page: H3920]

11:13 PM EDT
Collin Peterson, D-MN 7th

Mr. PETERSON. I'm not even sure what the concern is, but we'll work it out.

We've notified Members that this is going on, but nobody has shown up, so I yield back the balance of my time.

11:14 PM EDT
Frank D. Lucas, R-OK 3rd

Mr. LUCAS. In closing, I just offer the observation that this en bloc amendment will move us substantially towards completion. I believe we'll continue to work longer this evening. But most assuredly I think now--and the ranking member would probably agree--that it's possible to meet our departure deadline tomorrow, thank goodness.

With that, I yield back the balance of my time.

11:15 PM EDT
Tim Walberg, R-MI 7th

Mr. WALBERG. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

Strike section 12312.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 271, the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Walberg) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes.

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Michigan.