“I WILL NOT SUPPORT THE WEAKENING OF AMERICA’S FARM BILL”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last month, the Farm Bill was defeated on the floor of the House of Representatives by a series of ‘poison pill’ amendments that would weaken nutrition assistance for our nation’s poor. Today, a new and controversial version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, was reintroduced for a vote, completely dropping the historically included nutrition benefits. In protest, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and his colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus rose in opposition to the legislation that would damage nutrition assistance to our nation’s poorest children and endanger support for our nation’s agriculture industry.
“Splitting the Farm Bill is a disastrous mistake, and I will not abide by it. Plainly stated, rejecting the historic marriage of Farm and nutrition programs could prove devastating for both down the road. More important, by politically isolating our vital nutrition programs, the House leadership is literally taking food out of the mouths of hungry families and upsetting the precious balance of priorities for farmers and ranchers in my District and across the whole United States,” said Congressman Bishop. “Congress has an obligation to support and protect Americans of all walks of life, and so I cannot, and will not, vote for a bill that would turn its back on our nation’s hungry, destitute, and malnourished.”