WASHINGTON -- Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today, issued the following statement regarding his vote in favor of the Farm Bill Conference Report which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 251-166:
"Agriculture is the number one industry in Pennsylvania and is vitally important to our nation's economic recovery and national security. This five-year farm bill offers certainty to over 16 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture, while reducing the deficit and growing the economy.
"Like in any compromise, no one gets everything they wanted, but I voted for this bill because it provides our farmers with five years of stability and consistency and protects American consumers. Crop insurance is strengthened so that farmers will be better equipped to deal with risks that threaten their ability to produce goods. Consumers will benefit from a stable marketplace and won't have to worry about paying inflated prices for necessary food items, like milk.
"Importantly, it ensures food security. Our ability to grow our own food isn't just an agricultural issue; it's a national security issue. If we rely on imported foods from foreign countries, we risk jeopardizing the long-term security of our communities and the nation as a whole.
"In the end, the Farm Bill saves taxpayers approximately $16.6 billion.
"This bipartisan bill is good for farmers and consumers as well."