Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, along with Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced the bipartisan, five-year Senate Farm Bill in the House after the House failed last week to pass a Farm Bill to go to a conference committee with the Senate.
On June 10th, the Senate passed a five-year Farm Bill on a strong bipartisan basis. The legislation introduced today (HR 2498) has the exact text as the Senate bill. Bustos, Loebsack, and Braley all supported the House legislation last week to move the Farm Bill forward.
"Our entire region of Illinois has been thirsting for the certainty and predictability of a bipartisan, five-year Farm Bill," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. "Our economy needs a Farm Bill, I fought to move this process forward, and partisanship sadly stood in the way of a House version. We owe it to the American people to get this done, so I'm calling on House leadership to swiftly schedule a vote on this bipartisan Senate-passed Farm Bill. It may not be perfect, but Senate Democrats and Republicans were able to come together to get a bill passed, and the House should do the same."
"After voting down the farm bill last week, the House must act quickly to move the farm bill process forward. The Senate voted in a strong bipartisan fashion to move the Farm Bill forward and it is time House leaders bring up this legislation and allow a vote on the bill," said Congressman Dave Loebsack. "I know the Farm Bill is critical for Iowa's farmers, rural communities and economy. While the Senate legislation is not perfect, Congress must provide our farmers and rural communities some certainty. Partisan bickering will only further delay enactment of a long-term Farm Bill."
"It's time for the House to do its job and pass a long-term extension of the Farm Bill. It's a necessity for rural America. Farmers and agricultural producers need the Farm Bill so they can have the assurance they need to continue to invest in the future, create jobs, and grow the economy," said Congressman Bruce Braley. "The Senate has passed a bipartisan Farm Bill and it's time the House does the same."