In the nutrition title, Committee members spent more than an hour debating an amendment from Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., proposing to restore the nearly $20B in cuts to SNAP, ultimately voting the amendment down in a 17-27 vote.
The discussion, lively at times, yielded a range of reactions but Committee members largely agreed the issue was a touchy subject.
Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., said the cuts should have been examined at a hearing for a more in-depth look at all of the issues and unintended consequences.
"These cuts aren't based on info on what is good but more or less trying to get a figure for deficit reform on the backs of the people that need our help," Scott said.
Contrary to Scott's comments, Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., questioned rising SNAP enrollment but falling poverty levels and unemployment.
Moving on to the second half of debate, legislators considered rural development, crop insurance and miscellaneous amendments.
Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., offered amendment 76, the Organic Promotion Order, to allow for the creation of a checkoff program in the future for organic products. Though the amendment faced considerable opposition from Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, it was eventually approved by a vote of 29-17.
Legislators also discussed an interstate commerce amendment from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, for more than an hour. The amendment, which would ultimately nullify laws set by other states regarding how products are manufactured and create a "level playing field" for interstate commerce, passed via voice vote.
However, full passage did not come until after California Rep. Jeff Denham offered a secondary amendment challenging King's first amendment, which failed 13-33.