Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement regarding House Agriculture Committee passage of the farm bill today:
"For our kids and our grandkids, we need to get Washington's spending under control, eliminate huge annual deficits, and begin to chip away at our mounting national debt.
"We have a moral duty to rein in government spending, eliminate huge annual deficits, and begin to chip away at our national debt. If we do not, our nation faces a future of diminished growth and jobs creation that will impoverish generations of Americans to come.
"Once again, the House Agriculture Committee took the lead in this effort by passing a farm bill that saves taxpayers more than $35 billion. This is three times the savings that the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission called for, and over a third more in savings than achieved by the Senate farm bill. By requiring a nearly $800 billion Food Stamp program to take a mere 2 percent cut compared to the half a percent cut the Senate passed, the House farm bill is spreading the burden of deficit reduction beyond just the broad shoulders of rural America.
"Importantly, the farm bill we passed is both cost-effective and equitable. Not only does the House bill spend less than the Senate's bill, but according to an independent study released just this week by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, farms producing every kind of row crop, in every part of the country would be better off under the House farm bill. This is certainly the case with cotton producers who saw their good faith effort at compromise unacceptably hollowed-out by the U.S. Senate."