Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ Statement on the Farm Bill Expiring on Sunday

House Republicans cancel all legislative activity until November without Farm Bill compromise in sight, allowing critical programs to lapse

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement after House Republicans canceled all legislative activity until November 13th, with the Farm Bill set to expire this Sunday.

“With the current Farm Bill set to expire, I am extremely disappointed that House Republicans refused to agree to a bipartisan compromise between Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and House Democrats,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “The only reason the Farm Bill is going to expire on Sunday is because House Republicans refused to compromise, even with Senators from their own party. The expiration of the Farm Bill will lead to a lapse in funding for critical safety net programs for family farmers that are already grappling with plummeting commodity prices and the impacts of Trump’s Trade reckless war. I have urged my Republican colleagues to keep the House in session until we can reach a bipartisan agreement, so yet again, hardworking families across the Heartland do not fall victim to partisan games.”

Background:

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) addressed her fellow Farm Bill Conferees this month after she spent the month of August getting input from farmers across the 17th Congressional District. The Farm Bill Conference Committee, made up of a select group of House and Senate members, was assigned to merge the House and Senate versions of the bill into a final version.

In June, House Republicans passed a highly partisan Farm Bill without a single Democratic vote. Their bill would take way free school lunch programs from 265,000 households while taking food assistance away from one million households. It would also zero out Farm Bill funding for Rural Development and Conservation programs.

The Senate version of the Farm Bill did not include these controversial provisions and it passed with broad bipartisan support. While a deal will still need to be reached, the expiration of the Farm Bill on September 30th is a stark reminder of how extreme partisanship in Washington hurts hardworking families across the heartland.

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