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Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 2419, Food and Energy Security Act of 2007

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MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES ON H.R. 2419, FOOD AND ENERGY SECURITY ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - May 01, 2008)

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Mr. KIND. I thank my friend for yielding.

He and I and others have tried to introduce the concept of more reform in this next farm bill. But I didn't intend to speak on this motion; I just want to point out a little bit of irony in what this motion would do.

It's my understanding that by using the 2008 numbers, it would result in a lower baseline for the commodity subsidy programs by about $11 billion, which I don't have a problem with because we have introduced a 10-point option plan to find over $10 billion of reasonable savings under these commodity programs already. So it's consistent with that.

But it would also call for an increase of the baseline under the conservation title of close to $2 billion and under the nutrition title of close to $35 billion because of increased food costs and eligibility under these nutrition programs. If the nutrition groups knew what the practical effect of this motion to instruct would be, they will be doing cartwheels all over this town for the next week.

I just wanted to point out the irony of today's baseline versus last year's baseline.

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