Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas has said he will give up the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee next year. Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Chair of that Committee, a suggestion to which he had this:
King says he is concerned that if he is appointed chair of the committee – House leaders may not give him free rein
Last year saw numerous battles within the Republican caucus in the House – and King sees himself as the conscience of House conservatives – who often rebelled against the wishes of the Speaker of the House. King says he doesn’t want to compromise
King says if he is given the gavel of the Agriculture Committee – there are several issues from the new farm bill he would like to revisit
The livestock issue he mentioned is the so-called King Amendment – which didn’t make it into the final farm bill. It would prohibit states from enacting any laws that set standards for agricultural production that exceed those in other states governing the same production.