Congressman Kevin Yoder responded after the House failed to pass a new 5-year Farm Bill. The legislation, H.R. 1947, failed to pass in the House by a vote of 195-234.
"Earlier today, I voted to support H.R. 1947 - the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, the Farm Bill. I'm disappointed the House did not advance this legislation. This bill contained much needed reforms including the elimination of direct payments to farmers and the rooting out of fraud and abuse in the food stamp program all told saving taxpayers tens of billions over current law.
"Doing nothing means reforms to the food stamp program will not be enacted, unnecessary direct payments to farmers will continue and taxpayers will foot the bill. Helping hard working Kansas farmers manage their risks with certain and predictable farm policy is vital to the agriculture economy and critical to keeping affordable food on the tables of American families."