Senators work to keep energy title in new farm bill


Four senators have introduced a "marker" bill aimed at keeping the energy title in the 2008 Farm Bill viable in a new farm bill being drafted by Congress.

Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) hope to see new farm legislation that would reauthorize and provide mandatory funding for programs set to expire with the 2008 farm legislation on September 30, reports the 25x25 Alliance ( This would include the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and Biorefinery Assistance Program (BAP).

A marker bill is used to introduce specific measures or issues into a larger legislative debate. While not intended to ever come to a vote on the floor, it serves as a “placeholder" for specific aspects of a larger bill.


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