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Friday, July 12, 2013

Thompson Issues Statement on Path Forward for Farm Bill

Thompson Issues Statement on Path Forward for Farm Bill

Overhaul of federal agriculture programs passes House, negotiations with
Senate set to begin over final package

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding efforts in Congress to pass a long-term farm bill reauthorization.

On Thursday, the House passed, 216 -208, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) Act (H.R. 2642), an overhaul of agriculture spending programs that will save $20 billion.

“This week the House took an important step forward with passage of the FARRM Act, a comprehensive reform of farm bill programs that will create a more cost‐effective and market‐oriented framework of agriculture policies,” stated Thompson. “The majority in the House demonstrated leadership by passing a bill that will save us over $20 billion and ensure that Americans continue to have a safe and affordable food supply.”

H.R. 2642 does not include Title IV of the Committee-passed legislation, which contained significant reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, totaling an additional $20 billion in savings. These provisions will be considered separately by the House in the coming weeks. The current SNAP program has not been affected by H.R. 2642.

“The American people deserve a transparent and open debate over agriculture and nutrition programs, both of which are in dire need of reform,” Thompson added.

Passage of the FARRM Act marks the beginning stages of a conference between the House and Senate. The Senate passed its version of the farm bill in June.

“We have an opportunity to achieve significant cost savings for the taxpayer and bring agriculture spending in line with budget realities,” Thompson said. “I look forward to working with colleagues in the House and Senate on a final package so that we can enact these common sense reforms into law.”

The FARRM Act also replaces the current underlying permanent farm law, written in 1938 and 1949, with H.R. 2642, and makes it the new permanent law.


Anonymous said...

The pork in this bill is disgusting. STOP SUBSIDIZING CORPORATE AMERICA Dammit.

Anonymous said...

Trying to kill the food stamp program outright while continuing to give away money to your campaign contributors?


And before you wax on about the evil degenerate poor people sucking off of your hard earned tax dollars that you just KNOW are hiding around every corner

(while simultaneously praising millionaires running away with all this nation's money)...

think about the needy kids and elderly that rely on this program.

There is good reason the President would veto this joke of a bill from the failure that has become the House of Representatives.

They don't want to handle it separately. THEY WANT TO KILL IT ENTIRELY.
That's obvious, or they'd man up , do the JOB WE PAY THEM TO DO and debate and legislate the bill in full.

But they can't.

Their own party is unable to govern anymore, period. Not one Democrat voted for this bill and many republicans broke rank to also vote against it.

The nuts have taken over the nuthouse.

Unless it's passing out money to corporate interests. That they are real good at. Lining their pockets.

I ask you this: WWJD?