U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., released the following statement regarding today's House vote on the Farm Bill, HR 1947, which was defeated 234-195:
"I view today's House defeat of the Farm Bill as an opportunity to bring both parties together and craft a bipartisan version we can all support. I represent a large, rural district with a long history of farming and ranching. So I look forward to voting for a Farm Bill that is good for the farmers, agricultural jobs and economic development in my district. The bill also should include proper funding for critical programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. My district has plenty of hunger and poverty, and schools in our remote regions often lack a tax base because they are on or near federally impacted land such as national parks or tribal nations. I urge my House colleagues to work together on a Farm Bill that mirrors the Senate version's more sensible approach. Let's get the Farm Bill right so it can be signed into law, for the sake of the farmers, families and kids across District One and our nation."