U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman, a fourth-generation farmer, issued the following statement today in reaction to reports that the House may consider a farm-only Farm Bill:
"Splitting the Farm Bill is a critical step in the process of reforming agriculture and food stamp policy. Taxpayers deserve an honest conversation about how Washington spends their money and that won't happen as long as Congress expands the food stamp program under the guise of a Farm Bill. Congress has a historic opportunity to end business as usual by considering a farm-only Farm Bill instead of passing a trillion dollar welfare bill that's a Farm Bill in name only."
Last month, Congressman Stutzman filed amendments with the House Rules Committee to split the Farm Bill into separate bills on farm and food stamp policy. The amendments were not made in order by the Committee.
Congressman Stutzman represents the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services. Indiana's 3rd District contains all of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties, as well as parts of Blackford and Kosciusko counties.