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Maura Bennett Farm Bill Revote
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: May 25, 2018

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“We’re going to revote it again. We’re going to bring HR2 back on the floor exactly as it is.”

The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill failed by a vote of 198 to 213.

The revote is now set for June 22nd.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway said because it’s the same bill he doesn’t expect any Democratic yes votes.

But, members of the far right wing of the Republican Party that rejected the bill over a separate immigration vote may change their mind.

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson meanwhile said the failure of the first vote highlights the needs for changes in the bill.

in a statement, Johnson said family farmers have a host of concerns with this failed legislation. At a time when farmers and ranchers are in significant financial strain due to years of depressed prices, this bill does not make necessary improvements to the farm safety net. It eliminates conservation programs and funding that provide them with the tools they need to be the best possible stewards of our natural resources. It reverses progress toward expanding their access to local, regional, and specialty markets. And it makes unnecessary cuts to programs that feed hungry Americans.

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