Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) called the defeat of the Republican farm bill a " victory against a cruel form of extremism, inflicting hunger on the most vulnerable Americans in order to advance a political agenda." The Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947) proposed a cut of $20.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), denying nearly two million low-income children, seniors, and working families food assistance. The legislation was defeated by a vote of 195 to 234 with 62 Republicans and 172 Democrats voting against the bill. Many Republicans opposing the bill were not satisfied with the cuts to SNAP and wanted even deeper reductions to the program.
Congresswoman McCollum issued the following statement:
"The defeat of this Republican farm bill is a victory against a cruel form of extremism, inflicting hunger on the most vulnerable Americans in order to advance a political agenda. The bill brought to the House floor would have imposed deep cuts on children, seniors, and poor families while handing the wealthiest farmers and agriculture corporations larger taxpayer-funded subsidies. This was a bad bill, and its defeat is good news as far as I'm concerned.
"Looking ahead, Minnesota farmers, businesses, and other agriculture interests need a farm bill to help keep our state's economy strong. The path forward is not difficult if Speaker Boehner is willing to put politics aside and allow the House to have a clean vote on the bipartisan farm bill that recently passed the U.S. Senate. I am confident that common-sense Democrats and Republicans could come together to pass that bill before the end of the summer."