January 24, 2020

Video: Rep. Ryan Discusses Farm Bill on MSNBC “Morning Joe”

Categories: Farm Bill

Today on the “Morning Joe” television program (MSNBC), Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) provided his version of what happened on the Farm Bill vote last week, a video clip is available below.

Rep. Ryan noted that the Democrats did not deliver the 40 votes they promised in support of the Bill.

The former GOP Vice-Presidential candidate also stated that, “the Farm Bill should be there for family farmers,” implying that this currently is not happening. However, over 95% of farms in the U.S. are family owned operations.

He also made the argument that the commodity title and nutrition title should be separated and considered individually.

Rep. Ryan did not mention that on the House floor on Thursday, just before the vote on the Farm Bill, Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D., Minn.) explained that a GOP amendment that was offered (the Southerland amendment regarding food stamps), “breaks the deal that we had and is offensive in the way that it treats the unemployed in this country.”

Rep. Ryan did not discuss the fact that an amendment to a bill changes a bill.

And, David Hawkings noted yesterday at Roll Call Online that, “Republicans bemoaned the fact that Democrats delivered only 24 votes after promising at least 40. But even if those extra 16 votes had ended up in the ‘yes’ column, the legislation still would have fallen short.”

Also, Mike Barnicle asked Rep. Ryan a question about paying farmers “not to grow crops.”

There is no Title I program that fits that description.

Under the Conservation Reserve Program, “In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.”

“The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat,” USDA has explained.

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