Congresswoman Cheri Bustos statement on the passage of the House Farm Bill

“Washington Republicans just passed a highly partisan Farm Bill that eliminates funding for rural development and conservation programs, takes free school lunches away from 265,000 children and throws one million households off of food assistance. Unlike every previous Farm Bill in my lifetime, this one was done entirely by one party in a backroom with no partnership between Republicans and Democrats. All that being said, the Senate has a much more bipartisan bill which they are expected to vote on over the next few days. I am hopeful that once we get this bill to conference, both sides of the aisle will come together and work to develop a Farm Bill that strips out these highly partisan provisions and instead strengthens our farmers, grows our rural economy and keeps putting food on the plates of Americans across our nation.”