Take Action to urge the Farm Bill conference committee to omit the King amendment from its final draft.
Every five years, Congress passes a comprehensive piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill, which covers a wide range of policies and programs related to agriculture, food and farming. This year, two competing versions of the bill—one from the House and one from the Senate—are under consideration.
The House version of the Farm Bill includes an amendment proposed by Rep. Steve King that would allow producers in states without any humane welfare standards (such as a ban on battery cages or gestation crates) to market their products in states that have enacted such reforms. This would make it virtually impossible for additional states to pass legislation mandating more humane (and costly) farming measures because food produced with higher welfare standards would be too expensive to compete with cheaper products from other states.
The House bill struggled to pass, and when it did, it was strictly across party lines.
The Senate version of the Farm Bill, on the other hand, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, with a final vote of 86-11. Importantly, the Senate’s Farm Bill excludes the dangerous King amendment provisions contained in the House version.
Since each chamber passed a different version of the bill, the two bills must now go to a conference committee, which will hammer out a final version. The Senate has insisted that its own version be the one considered by the committee, but there will still be pushback from the House to consider its own version with the King amendment language intact. Senator Mitch McConnell is working to pass the Senate version of the bill, which excludes this language.
Let Sen. McConnell know that you support passage of the Senate version of the Farm Bill, and that you strongly oppose the inclusion of the King amendment in the final version of the bill.