Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) applauded the House Agriculture Committee for passing a new farm bill last night in a bipartisan vote. The legislation -- which is a high priority for Eastern Washington's agricultural community -- now moves to the House floor.
"Eastern Washington's farmers and ranchers deserve the certainty of a new five-year farm bill, and I appreciate Chairman Lucas and the rest of the Committee for passing a solid bill that maintains our commitment to rural American while improving the efficiency of many programs," said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. "I've been a strong advocate for getting a new farm bill signed into law this year, and I will continue working with my House colleagues to make that goal a reality. With yesterday's important milestone, I am more confident than ever that it will get done, which will be a great victory for Eastern Washington's largest industry."
Agriculture has a $16 billion annual total economic impact in Washington State. Family wheat farms are one of the largest economic drivers of jobs in Eastern Washington, generating nearly $925 million in production value to the State's economy.
The Agriculture Committee passed farm bill saves more than $35 billion in mandatory spending while reauthorizing critical research, conservation, and food security programs that directly impact Eastern Washington's growers, ranchers, and farmers.