Quad-City Times: Bustos, Loebsack vote for farm bill

Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both voted for the farm bill that passed the House on Wednesday by a 251-166 vote.

Bustos, a member of the Agriculture Committee, said the bill would provide certainty for the farm sector.

She noted it contains language she sponsored that requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture update its study of rural transportation issues in order to examine the effect of river infrastructure on the movement of goods.

“From the day I took office, I've been committed to doing my part in relieving the uncertainty and unpredictability that Illinois farmers and producers have faced for years without passage of a comprehensive, five-year farm bill,” she said.

Loebsack noted that the farm bill was two years overdue.

“I am pleased that the farm bill finally got to this point, but the fact it took so long is another black eye for Congress,” he said.

Still, he praised what he called “robust” funding for energy programs. He also noted the legislation reduces the projected growth in spending on farm and nutrition programs.

He and Bustos both also praised the what they called strong crop insurance options.