H.R. 3695: To Provide a Temporary Extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

H.R. 3695

To Provide a Temporary Extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

Date
December 12, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Thursday, December 12, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 3695, a bill to Provide a Temporary Extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, under a rule. H.R. 3695 was introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, on December 10, 2013. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 3695 extends the authorities of the 2008 farm bill from September 30, 2013 until January 31, 2014 at no additional cost to the U.S. taxpayers.  The extension avoids the reinstatement of permanent agriculture law first passed in the 1930s and 40s.  Permanent law is based on production quotas and pricing formulas that would greatly increase the cost of commodities to consumers.  The very short-term nature of the extension recognizes that a new five year farm bill is needed.

Background

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 expired at the end of fiscal year 2012. The American Taxpayer Relief Act extended the provisions of the 2008 farm bill for one year – giving the House and Senate time to pass a long term authorization. “The Senate adopted S. 954 by a vote of 66-27 on June 10, 2013.  On July 11, 2013, the House passed H.R. 2642 by a vote of 216-208. On September 19, 2013, the House passed a stand-alone nutrition bill H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 by a vote of 217-210.  The House subsequently adopted a resolution H.Res. 361 that combined the texts of H.R. 2642 and H.R. 3102 into one bill (H.R. 2642) for purposes of resolving differences with the Senate.”[1] On October 11, 2013, the House agreed to a conference.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time. 

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.