WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on Subcommittee passage of the House agriculture appropriations bill.
“This bill shortchanges American agriculture, business owners, rural communities, and families by re-opening the Farm Bill to additional cuts,” Ranking Member Stabenow said. “This bill also undoes important reforms that help save tax dollars, like limiting farm payments and connecting better conservation practices to crop insurance, while making cuts that only weaken our economy.”
“It also takes millions of dollars away from programs that provide food and basic support to nursing mothers and infants while also ignoring the health and wellbeing of our nation’s school children,” Ranking Member Stabenow continued. “This bill even slashes funding to the very program that helps grow our biobased economy which supports four million American jobs and adds $369 billion to our economy. House Republicans clearly struck out on this bill and did so at the expense of our nation’s farmers, families, and communities.”