Congressman Steve Daines blasted the House failure to pass a five-year Farm Bill today, calling Congress's failure to provide Montana's agriculture community with the long overdue legislation "unacceptable."
"I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the House's failure to pass a five-year Farm Bill today. This legislation is long overdue and it is unacceptable that Congress continues to stand in the way of providing our ag producers and rural communities with a long-term solution. Today is a prime example of what is wrong with Washington--putting politics ahead of people," Daines stated."Agriculture is not only an important part of Montana's economy--it's a critical industry that impacts each and every American. While not perfect, the House Farm Bill provided much-needed certainty for Montana's ag producers and important cost-saving reforms to many Farm Bill programs. Congress needs to do its job and pass a five-year Farm Bill before the current extension expires."
Earlier this week, Daines took to the House floor to testify on the importance of agriculture to Montana's economy and to urge his colleagues to quickly pass the Farm Bill.
"One in five Montana jobs rely on agriculture and it is past time for passage of a five-year farm bill that protects and promotes Montana's number one industry," Daines stated earlier this week during floor debate on the Farm Bill. "We need a Farm Bill that supports our rural communities and gives our agriculture community the certainty needed to plant the crops that feed our country and ensure a stable food supply. We need a farm bill that gives Montana farmers relief from burdensome regulations and encourages young people to remain active in their family farms."