Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representative's failure to pass a five-year Farm Bill:
"With one in five Minnesota jobs linked to the farm economy, the House's failure to pass a five-year Farm Bill is a huge disappointment and a real disservice to producers and rural communities in Minnesota and across the country. We were able to pass a strongly bipartisan bill in the Senate, and I hope the House will revisit this soon so that we can finally pass this legislation that is so important to the economic future of Minnesota and the entire nation."
Sen. Franken played a key role in authoring the Senate's version of the legislation, which would have cut $24 billion in spending. Sen. Franken wrote the energy section of the bill, which will produce jobs and growth in Minnesota's agriculture energy sector. He also successfully fought to preserve the federal sugar program by voting to ensure that vital protections remain in place for sugar growers. The sugar industry contributes thousands of jobs and almost $5 billion to the economies of Minnesota and the region.
In the last Congress, the Senate also passed a bipartisan five-year Farm Bill, only to have it die when House leaders refused to bring the legislation up for a vote.