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 (www.25x25.org [5]). 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.