U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) issued the following statement regarding the House vote on the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) today.
"Today's vote on the Farm Bill was a strong step in the right direction for reforming outdated government agriculture programs and for stopping government waste. The bill failed on a vote of 234-195 resulting in no budget savings being achieved beyond sequestration. This was an enormous missed opportunity to cut waste and abuse in the food stamp program and the direct farm payment program and to ensure a strong agriculture sector that would provide food security for all Americans. Passage of this bill would have meant cutting $40 billion in excess government spending and waste, including ending direct payments, closing loopholes in the SNAP program and eliminating or consolidating over 100 other programs. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to roll up our sleeves and redouble our efforts to reauthorize a Farm Bill in the interest of agricultural producers and our nation."