The House of Representatives voted this week to reject the 2013 Farm Bill that would have created certainty for both consumers and our farmers. I was disappointed that the Farm Bill failed in the House, but I join my colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee in my commitment to going back to the drawing board and working to craft a Farm Bill that will cut waste, eliminate duplication, and expose fraud while ensuring the American people an abundant, safe, and affordable food supply.
I will continue to work to include many of the elements that citizens of Missouri's Fourth Congressional District have told me they want in a Farm Bill. Those components include reform-minded actions such as elimination of direct subsidy payments to farmers and the elimination or consolidation of dozens of programs while preserving crop insurance and a minimal safety net to avoid disaster payments. Taxpayers of the Fourth District can rest assured that as their representative on the House Agriculture Committee, I am committed to rolling up my sleeves and striving to create a Farm Bill that will benefit our district and our country.
On another matter, the House took important action this week to safeguard unborn children and protect the health and safety of women from the dangers inherent in late-term abortion. It approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit abortion after the pregnancy reaches 20 weeks -- the age at which medical evidence indicates an unborn child has the capacity to feel pain during an abortion.
Also, I had an opportunity this week to lead many of my colleagues in a Special Order in which we spoke of the National Fatherhood Initiative and the importance of children having both fathers and mothers in their lives. I shared how my own father has had a profound influence on my life, teaching me at an early age of the importance of hard work and dedication -- values I carry with me today as I represent the good citizens of the Fourth District, and why it's important to uphold the ideal that every child as the opportunity, through wise marriage policy, to have a mom and dad.
We made our comments in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 regarding traditional marriage. There is no doubt fathers have much to contribute. The importance of what they do for children who need strong role models is paramount in today's society. See the entire one hour Special Order by going to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN6jqE9CKpA
Finally, I was visited this week by a group of Fourth District high school students who won trips to Washington through their local electric co-operatives.
We talked about many of the issues that are affecting or will affect their lives. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet some of our leaders of tomorrow. I am always impressed by young Missourians who visit their Capitol in Washington. Their intelligence, interest, and enthusiasm bode well for our nation in future years.
Have a good week.