Congresswoman Cheri Bustos statement on Washington Republicans partisan “Farm Bill”

The Farm Bill passed through the House Agriculture Committee today along a party-line vote.

If this bill becomes law, it will harm small towns by slashing $500 million from rural development, cutting $800 million in conservation spending, stripping farmers of crop insurance choices and it’s projected to kick one million working poor off nutrition assistance.

Washington – Today, following a full day markup session in the House Agriculture Committee which produced a completely partisan Farm Bill, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) released the following statement.

“I am extremely disappointed in Chairman Conaway and Speaker Ryan’s decision to ram through a partisan Farm Bill that hurts hardworking families in small towns across the heartland,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “This partisan bill does little to help hardworking farmers and producers in Illinois who are struggling to make ends meet in the face of a lagging agricultural economy. With the looming threat of damage from the Trump Trade War, this takes us in the wrong direction by creating even more uncertainty.” 

“While there are some things in this bill I could have supported, I have real concerns over the cuts to rural development, which is a proven job-creator in small town America. I’m also alarmed by the stripping of crop insurance options for farmers as well as deep cuts to programs that feed literally millions of children, seniors and veterans. This bill is a missed opportunity for rural Americans. Instead of focusing on a partisan bill that will never become law, we should be working across the aisle to develop a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports all of our farmers equally and provides the long-term certainty they need.