Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) made the following statement after the Senate voted to pass its lopsided version of the 2012 Farm Bill. The legislation will now move to the House, which is currently writing its version. The current farm act expires at the end of September.
"This bill flat misses the mark, leaving little money for agriculture.
"The legislation passed by the Senate today lacks regional balance by providing new entitlements for a handful of states while freezing out all other commodities from any sort of safety net. It is loaded with negligent food stamp expenditures which under this bill will increase to roughly 80 percent of the overall spending in the Farm Bill.
"I am happy the process in the Senate is done, and I look forward to passing a more balanced and conservative bill in the House. We need a bill that provides a balanced foundation for growth in all regions of our nation's agricultural sector. The House will pass a farm bill that restores fairness and fiscal responsibility this year."
Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) is the chairman of House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.
The General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the commodities exchanges; program and markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, lentils, the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management, including crop insurance; and specialty crops.