Congressman Mike Pompeo issued the following statement following his "no" vote on the H.R. 1947, "The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act."
"Kansans know that agriculture is central to the health of the Kansas economy, it's just a shame that Washington doesn't. The few improvements made in this bill that would have helped feed Americans with Kansas products are overshadowed by some insurmountable problems: an out-of-control food stamp program that swallows 80 percent of this trillion-dollar bill before we even get to agriculture policy and an energy title that provides hundreds of millions of dollars for politically favored industries like "green energy.'
Pompeo continued: "I hope that Congress will take this opportunity to craft an agriculture policy that is built on the real needs of Kansas agriculture producers and rural communities, while respecting hardworking taxpayers. This bill is grossly out of balance, with less than .5% of the money spent in this bill going to Kansas farmers while 99.5% would have gone elsewhere. I look forward to continuing to fight hard for Kansans and for real solutions that provide certainty for Kansas farmers without bankrupting our nation."