2007 Voting Record Louisiana Congressional Delegation

Tue, 04/01/2008

Senate 2007 Vote - Farm Bill Farming, Ranching, Equity, Stewardship and Health (Fresh) amendment S.A. 3711 to the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act of 2007, H.R. 2419: To broaden the agricultural safety net by making a free revenue insurance program available to all farmers and saving billions of dollars to invest in nutrition programs, specialty crop program, critical conservation programs and the McGovern-Dole international school feeding program. Sponsored by Senators Lugar (R-IN) and Lautenberg (D-NJ) with 10 bipartisan co-sponsors, Bread for the World supported this amendment. It made a strong showing but was defeated 37-58. Landrieu and Vitter vote (-) Klobuchar Amendment (S.A. 3810) to the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act of 2007, H.R. 2419: To reform income eligibility rules of the commodity payment system to prevent farm couples who clear $750,000 annually in household income (and part-time farm couples who clear $250,000) from receiving commodity payments. Savings would be redirected into conservation, rural development, healthy foods and energy programs. Bread for the World supported this amendment. A procedural agreement worked out between Democratic leadership and the bill’s sponsors required 60 yes votes for passage. It won the support of a majority – 48 yeas to 47 nays – short of the 60 votes requirement. Landrieu and Vitter vote (-) Dorgan/Grassley Amendment (S.A. 3695) to the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act of 2007, H.R. 2419: To establish a hard cap for commodity payments at $250,000 per household per year, helping ensure that payments are targeted where they are needed; to require payments to flow to working farmers rather than their landlords. Saving would be redirected into nutrition and conservation programs. Bread for the World supported this amendment. Under the same procedural agreement as above, the Dorgan/Grassley amendment received support, 56-43, but failed to receive the 60 required votes. Landrieu and Vitter vote (-) Key + vote for BFW position - vote against BFW position x vote did not vote House of Representatives Votes Poverty-Focused Development Assistance Jordan Amendment to Fiscal Year 2008 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, H.R. 2764: A proposed $3 billion cut from the total funding in the bill, returning the bill to 2007 funding levels. Bread for the World opposed the amendment, which filed in the House 152-268. Jefferson (+) Melancon (+) McCrery (+) Alexander (+) Bjoustaany (+) Price Amendment to Fiscal Year 2008 State- Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, H.R. 2764: A proposed 1% across-the-board cut to all programs, cutting $342 million from total international affairs spending, including a reduction of $147 million from poverty-focused development assistance. Bread for the World opposed the amendment, which failed 168-252. Jefferson (+) Melancon (+) McCrery (-) Alexander (-) Boustany (+) Musgrave Amendment to Fiscal Year 2008 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, H.R. 2764: A proposed 0.5% across-the-board cut to all programs, cutting $171 million from total international affairs spending, including a reduction of $74 million from poverty-focused development assistance, Bread for the World opposed the amendment, which failed 179-241. Jefferson (+) Melancon (+) McCrery (-) Alexander (-) Boustany (+) Farm Bill – Fairness in Farm and Food Policy Amendment to the Farm, Nutrition and Bioenergy Act of 2007, H.R. 2419: A bipartisan amendment introduced by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to improve the farm safety net by replacing the current commodity programs with a revenue-based safety net, developed by USDA experts to better protect family farmers from declines in crop process and crop yields at a lower cost. Savings would be reinvested in nutrition programs, rural development and conservation programs. Bread for the World supported this amendment. House leadership encouraged members to vote against the amendment; it was defeated 117-309. Jefferson (-) Melancon (-) McCrery (-) Alexander (-) Boustany (-)