U.S. Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives did not agree to passage of a five-year Farm Bill:
"I'm disappointed that the House failed to pass a Farm Bill today. Passage of the bill would have marked a critical step in moving us toward a conference with the Senate and ultimately passing a five-year Farm Bill to provide certainty to farmers and growers. The fact of the matter is, everyone relies on farms three times a day, so it is in our best interest to finally pass a long-term Farm Bill. This cannot be the end of the process. I hope that the House will soon consider a revised bill that can pass the chamber and get us closer to working through our differences with the Senate."
The House bill, known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 (H.R. 1947), would have saved taxpayers $40 billion. For instance, it consolidates or repeals over 100 programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure the best bang for the taxpayer buck. The bill also contained significant reforms in both farm policy as well as the food stamp program, to reduce waste and abuse within the system and ensure that only those who truly need food stamps have access to this assistance.