EVERETT NAMED TO FARM BILL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Alabama Congressman Terry Everett has been appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives Conference Committee to negotiate the new farm bill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest and Ranking Minority Member Charlie Stenholm noted the wide regional representation appointed Thursday morning to the farm bill conference presents a unified, balanced House position to the farm bill conference committee.
Everett, who serves as chairman of the Special Crops Subcommittee, was appointed by House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday. In addition to Everett, Hastert formally named House Agriculture Committee Republicans: Ag Chairman Larry Combest (Texas), Committee Vice Chairman John Boehner (Ohio), and Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.), Livestock Subcommittee Chairman Richard Pombo (Calif.), Conservation, Credit and Rural Development Subcommittee Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.), General Farm Commodities Subcommittee Chairman Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), as well as Kansas congressman Jerry Moran. Democrats named as conferees: Charlie Stenholm (Texas), Gary Condit (Calif.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Cal Dooley (Calif.), Eva Clayton (N.C.) and Tim Holden (Pa.).
"The House goes into conference with a well-thought-out and balanced farm bill, backed by a bipartisan, two-to-one margin of support behind its Oct. 5 passage," said Chairman Combest. "We built the House-passed farm bill with input from all
kinds of farmers in every region of the country, and we will maintain that balance with the conferees appointed today to speak on producers' behalf."
"I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to develop a bill as quickly as possible," said Charlie Stenholm, the Committee's Ranking Minority Member.
Additional conferees from other House committees of jurisdiction will briefly join the farm bill conference for other sections of the bill.