Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today voted in favor of the Agricultural Act of 2014. The House passed the bill by a vote of 251-166.
Representative Smith: "Agriculture affects every American. If you eat, you're involved in agriculture. And 16 million Americans' jobs depend on agriculture.
"I supported the bill for several reasons. The bill provides the most significant reduction to farm policy spending in history and greatly improves agricultural programs.
"It consolidates or repeals nearly 100 programs overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture. It saves taxpayers $16 billion in mandatory federal spending, which is a step towards deficit reduction.
"The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes programs that require able-bodied adults to work when they receive food stamps. And this bill ensures that illegal immigrants do not receive benefits.
"With substantial savings and key reforms, this five-year bill benefits hardworking American farmers and ranchers and the nation's consumers."