Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) joined USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Doug O'Brien today at Northeast Iowa Community College to host a listening session focused on the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill being debated in Congress.
Last month, the Senate passed their version of the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The House is expected to begin considering the Farm Bill as early as this month.
"The Food, Farm and Jobs Bill will have an enormous impact on Iowa jobs and the Iowa economy," Braley said. "As this critical legislation moves through the House, it's my job to make it a job creator for Iowa. I'm traveling across eastern Iowa bringing USDA officials together with Iowa farmers to get feedback and work to make this a better bill for our state. It shouldn't be about politics, it should be about what's best for Iowa agriculture and Iowa's economy."
The current Farm Bill expires on September 30th of this year. If Congress fails to act by that date, existing agricultural programs will end and America's farm policy will revert to the programs outlined in the 1949 Farm Bill -- legislation written more than 60 years ago.
Braley has hosted a dozen Food, Farm and Jobs Bill listening sessions across eastern Iowa since the beginning of May. The listening sessions have taken Braley to Grinnell, Independence, Manchester, Marengo, Marshalltown, St. Ansgar, Strawberry Point, Toledo, and Vinton. Also, Braley joined USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at listening session events in Maquoketa and Cedar Rapids last month.