Congressman Tom Reed continues to stand with local farmers and last week, voted for a five-year extension of agriculture programs to provide farmers with certainty on a long-term basis.
"I voted for the 2013 Farm Bill to show support for all of our nation's farmers and the entire agriculture industry, the backbone of our economy in the 23rd district," Reed said. "After meeting with local farmers in the district and hearing their priorities, the Farm Bill brought to the House floor clearly and fairly reflects their priorities. We didn't come to Washington to support the status quo, we came here to improve the economic environment for the 23rd district."
Reed solicited feedback from farmers and stakeholders in the district over the past year as the House Agriculture Committee drafted the bill brought to the floor. Reed's focus has been providing farmers with a five-year bill.
"Obviously I am disappointed the Farm Bill did not pass the House," Reed continued. "This is a classic example of what is wrong with Washington and Washington not working for those in our community who are our backbone. This is not the time to play the blame game though, this is the time to regroup and focus on the important reforms and savings in the Farm Bill that we must continue to pursue."
Last week, after the bill failed to garner enough votes in the House, Reed reached out to local farmers on the frontline to gauge their reaction and hear their thoughts on moving forward.
"What I heard was a shared disappointment the bill did not pass. Our farmers are counting on us to get this done for them and we will continue to move forward. This is not the time for Republicans to be blaming Democrats or Democrats to be blaming Republicans. This is the time for Washington to care for our farmers and give them certainty in a long-term solution."