Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) released the following statement after voting earlier today in favor of H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, sponsored by Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) of the House Agriculture Committee:
"If you asked three weeks ago if the House would have the opportunity to vote on a true farm bill that provides American farmers with the assistance they need, while promoting fiscal conservatism, the answer would have been no," said Collins. "H.R. 2642 isn't perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. This bill provides a strong framework for American farmers and removes the welfare funding portion from the original bill that never should have been there in the first place.
"Through the efforts of Chairman Lucas and members of the House Agriculture Committee, we now have legislation that will create a level playing field for farmers of all sizes, reform outdated dairy programs, and remove burdensome environmental regulations that keep every American more reliant on foreign countries for our food needs. In January, I made a commitment to my constituents that I would vote against any legislation that was simply a political gimmick and not aimed at rejuvenating our economy and eliminating our national debt. Consistent with that promise, my vote today protects Georgia's farmers and brings our agriculture policy into the twenty-first century. Georgia's Ninth District can always count on me to be the voice for our conservative, Northeast Georgia values."
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