U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement after voting against the Senate's Motion to Proceed on S.3240, the Farm bill. The Motion to Proceed passed the Senate by a 90-8 vote:
"This Senate version of the Farm bill contains several measures that would be counterproductive for Oklahoma farmers and our nation. In total, this Farm Bill is expected to cost $969 billion over ten years. Of that, roughly 80 percent, or $770 billion, is the Food Stamp program. Since President Obama was elected, the number of people on Food Stamps has risen by 45 percent to over 46 million people, largely because President Obama has expanded the program and wrecked our economy. We need to make reforms to this program to reduce its cost and pursue economic policies that champion growth and job creation. Additionally, the Senate bill makes changes to the commodity title that will ultimately hurt Oklahoma's wheat, peanut, cotton, and other agriculture producers. I look forward to working with Congressman Frank Lucas as the Chair of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to develop a bill that is best for our nation and our agricultural community."