Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill. The bill failed to pass the House by a final vote of 195 to 234.
"Today, the House failed to provide America's agriculture industry with the stability it needs," said Pearce. "The Farm Bill supports the people who provide America's food--people who form a vital part of our economy, our culture, and our way of life. I am disappointed that the House failed to pass this important legislation. H.R. 1947 was a responsible bill, providing key support for a vital industry during an increasingly difficult time, while saving billions in taxpayer dollars by cutting fraud and waste from existing federal programs."
The Farm Bill, which would have been the first passed by Congress since 2008, included rural development, agricultural, and nutrition assistance to serve America's agricultural communities. Until a new Farm Bill is passed, those working in New Mexico's agriculture community will continue to face uncertainty and additional challenges, on top of severe drought and a weak economy. H.R. 1947 included measures to make existing programs more efficient and effective, saving roughly $40 billion over the next ten years.