Today, the House of Representatives failed to pass a five year farm bill, which sets policy on a wide range of issues, including agriculture, forestry, rural development, conservation, nutrition and energy policy. During consideration of the bill, Michaud voted for an amendment, which ultimately did not pass, to lessen the impact of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Other amendments passed that weakened dairy reforms and put onerous requirements on SNAP benefits.
"I strongly support moving a multi-year farm bill forward because it would provide farmers the predictability they deserve. However, I couldn't in good conscience vote for the passage of this bill. Among other things, it made devastating cuts to nutrition programs and did nothing to address the challenges Maine's dairy farmers are facing. I'm extremely disappointed that the House failed to arrive at a balanced bill that could get a strong bipartisan vote."