House Panel Keeps Farm Bill Largely Intact After Hearing

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT) -- A House committee on Wednesday slogged through discussion of more than 100 proposed amendments to its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, leaving energy and conservation measures largely unscathed while knocking down consumer protection concerns and touching on trade in a marathon hearing.

The five-year bill boasts $35 billion in savings, to be achieved mainly by downsizing or cutting altogether more than 100 programs. Still, the legislation — a sort of blueprint for U.S. Department of Agriculture spending — includes the extension of programs that fund...
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