Following is the statement of Heidi Heitkamp after the Senate passed a bipartisan version of the 2012 Farm Bill by an overwhelming 64-35 vote. North Dakota Senators Conrad and Hoeven both voted in favor of the bill.
"One day after House leaders put the brakes on the House Farm Bill and stepped on the gas on election year political games, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that slashes the deficit and maintains crucial protections for North Dakota's farmers," said Heitkamp. "Rather than predicting defeat, my opponent should follow the lead of North Dakota's Senators who worked across the aisle to craft a common sense bill, and get the Senate bill passed in the House. North Dakota's farmers and ranchers need Rep. Berg to go to bat for them in the House and not sit idly by and let a Farm Bill whither due to election year politics."
The bill passed by the Senate cuts the deficit by $24 billion by eliminating direct payments and payments to non-farmers, while extending access to and strengthening crop insurance. This bill provides the certainty and clarity that the agricultural industry requires.