U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, which failed by a final vote of 195-234:
"I am disappointed that House Republicans chose to ruin a critically important Farm Bill by including disastrous cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and by stripping out vital support for New Mexico's dairy farmers.
"I wanted to vote for a Farm Bill, because New Mexico's ranchers and farmers need the tools to provide American consumers with a safe and affordable food supply. But I could not support a bill that would harm those who need our help most. New Mexicans don't want these SNAP cuts, and until now, nutrition assistance programs were never unfairly singled out for budget cuts because of historically bipartisan support to end poverty and hunger.
"Instead of taking food out of the mouths of the over 442,000 New Mexicans, half of whom are children, who depend on SNAP for basic nutrition and economic security, Congress should focus on creating jobs to grow the economy.
"I will continue to work with my colleagues toward a Farm Bill that provides ranchers, farmers and consumers the resources they deserve without harming children, working families, veterans, the disabled and seniors in the process."