December 13, 2019

318-106, House Passes Farm Bill Conference Agreement

Dan Morgan reported in today’s Washington Post that, “The House yesterday passed a final version of a new five-year farm bill by a vote of 318 to 106, a margin large enough to override President Bush’s promised veto of the nearly $300 billion measure.

“The bipartisan show of support came after intense lobbying by a coalition that included farm groups, anti-hunger advocates, environmental organizations and the biofuels industry. While continuing traditional farm subsidy programs, the bill increases spending on nutrition programs such as food stamps by $10.4 billion.

“Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer released a statement saying the vote ‘sends the wrong message to the rest of the country who are not experiencing the boom of the agriculture sector,’ and, ‘This bill is loaded with taxpayer funded pet projects at a time when Americans are struggling to buy groceries and afford gas to get to work.’”