Today, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, which failed the House of Representatives after receiving less than 25 votes from House Democrats.
"I am disappointed that in the eleventh hour the White House and Democratic leadership derailed the bipartisan support the farm bill had throughout the legislative process. Failing to move toward a conference committee with the Senate forces American taxpayers to continue to fund broken and wasteful programs in need of meaningful reform.
"The 2013 farm bill saves American taxpayers $40 billion and includes important reforms to outdated government programs to efficiently support Michigan Farmers. Changes and updates included in the farm bill, like eliminating direct payments, reforming SNAP benefits and investing in specialty crop initiatives, are vital to ensuring the sustainability of programs used by local farmers and a safe, affordable and reliable food supply for Americans."
Farm Bill Details
- Saves $40 billion by reforming and consolidating current programs.
- Eliminates direct payments, which are currently paid regardless of market conditions or whether or not the recipient farms. The new system is a market-oriented approach that helps farmers plan for catastrophic events.
- Consolidates duplicative and burdensome conservation programs.
- Invests in specialty crop initiatives including Specialty Crop Block Grants, Plant Pest and Disease Management and Prevention Programs.
- Invests in agriculture research.
- Follows principles used in the successful 1996 welfare reform to reform SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) and ensures those in need of benefits receive them. Reforms include restricting lottery winners from receiving SNAP and preventing abuses, such as, exchanging bottles and cans for cash.