House passes amendment to strip Brazil of cotton payments

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas was successful Wednesday in stripping language out of the appropriations bill that would have reduced direct payments to upland cotton farmers to pay for the Brazilian WTO cotton settlement.

Nonetheless, one Wenesday evening Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind pushed again to strip the cotton payments from the appropriations bill.

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson came to the floor to defend the Brazilian payments. Peterson said Brazil and China have exploited trade agreements and subsidized their own cotton industries heavily.

Peterson on Cotton

Lucas cautioned that if the amendment passes and the settlement isn’t funded, that would put at risk $800 million in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.

Lucas on Cotton

The amendment passes the House floor, 223-197.