Thompson Statement on Farm Bill Vote in the House

Jun 20, 2013 Issues: Agriculture

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. 

“Today a majority of the members in the U.S. House demonstrated a failure in leadership by voting down a farm bill proposal that would have strengthened and updated federal agriculture programs and saved taxpayers more than $40 billion. For those who opposed these commonsense reforms, they voted to endorse the status quo of overspending and taxpayer waste which will continue in the absence of a new farm bill.

“The federal government currently operates a costly maze of duplicative and outdated agriculture spending programs that were designed for a previous generation. The proposal put forward today overhauled these programs and offered new tools to keep American agriculture competitive and hold government accountable.

“I’m disappointed with today’s outcome for passage of this farm bill would have been a far better outcome for both farmers and taxpayers. Without these needed reforms, America runs the risk of losing its ability to always have the most affordable, highest quality and safest food supply in the world.”