Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Congressman David Scott (D-GA) released the following statement after introducing the Dairy Freedom Act as an alternative to the Dairy Security Act:
"The Dairy Freedom Act represents a true compromise on dairy policy. We all agree on the need to reform and improve our current dairy policies -- and our bill would do just that. The Dairy Freedom Act would provide producers with a viable safety net, without supply management or new administrative fees for dairy farmers.
"Supply management is contrary to the goals of limited government, economic growth and free markets. A supply control program puts federal government bureaucrats in the middle of market decisions by manipulating dairy prices, instituting dairy production quotas, and penalizing consumers. With budgets already stretched thin, higher milk prices would negatively affect American families, food manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants. The federal government has no business intervening in this market.
"With the House Committee on Agriculture's markup of the Farm Bill set for May 15th, we hope this legislation will be considered as the base text of the Farm Bill's dairy provisions. We look forward to continuing to work to Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson on common sense reforms for our nation's dairy farmers."