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Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BURGESS. Will the gentlelady yield?

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Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Chairman, how much time remains?

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Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Chairman, I would just say, Members, you know your districts. Some of you do have food deserts, whether you be in rural or urban areas.

This is important. We want people to spend those food stamp dollars wisely.

This gives them an opportunity to do so. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is a commonsense, good health issue. We should defeat the Schweikert amendment.

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Mr. BURGESS. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

It seems a little strange for me to be lecturing you about a desert, but, Mr. Chairman, it is true. There are food deserts in both Republican and Democratic districts all over this country, people without access to fresh foods or healthy foods.

Look, I don't think it's right that people buy processed foods and soft drinks with food stamps, but if they've got no other choice, what are they going to do?

This initiative allows people to have the option to purchase healthy foods, get those micronutrients that they need to keep them healthy. Let's keep them out of the doctor's office. Let's keep them out of the hospital.

I thank the gentleman for the recognition. I urge defeat of the Schweikert amendment.

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