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Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. NEUGEBAUER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 6233. Like the chairman and the ranking member, I wish we were here debating the 5-year farm bill that was passed out of the House Ag Committee, which would have brought certainty and reform and would have saved the American taxpayers over $35 billion.

But the truth is we have a drought across this country. Over 75 percent of the areas that produce agriculture in this country are reporting either abnormally dry or worse conditions. That doesn't just impact farmers and ranchers; that impacts Americans who consume food products all across this country, driving food costs up.

So what we are doing today is doing something we should have done when we wrote the previous farm bill, and that is making sure that this program is extended for an additional year, and doing it in a way that is very fiscally responsible. In fact, we're going to save the American taxpayers $256 million by making some shifts, moving some money around and making sure that these farmers and ranchers that are going through this tremendous drought have the resources they need to continue and to help somewhat mitigate the increased cost of food for our country.

I hope that my colleagues will vote for this; but also, I hope in the future we will be back down on this floor debating a very important farm policy for American consumers and American farmers and ranchers.

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