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Ranking Member Boozman Statement on Bipartisan House Ag Committee Passage of the “Farm, Food and National Security Act of 2024”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement after the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture approved the “Farm, Food and National Security Act of 2024” and moved the farm bill one step closer to completion. 

“I commend Chairman GT Thompson and his team for putting in the hard work to draft a farm bill that embraces bipartisan priorities and ushering it through committee approval.

Chairman Thompson’s bill incorporates stakeholder input in a manner that mirrors much of what Senate Republicans are seeking to accomplish with our framework.

The House bill modernizes the farm safety net, expands market access, maintains a focus on locally-led conservation programs, ensures Americans in need will continue to receive nutrition benefits and it invests in the rural communities our farmers, ranchers and foresters call home—all while finding solutions for funding these and a host of other widely supported priorities.

Chairman Thompson has demonstrated tremendous leadership in bringing a farm bill up for committee consideration that meets the needs of farmers, ranchers, foresters, rural communities and consumers across America and puts more farm in the farm bill.

I commend the members of the House Ag Committee that voted in support of advancing legislation that is long overdue and will help ensure the vitality of farmers, ranchers and rural communities in spite of continued inflationary pressures and depressed market prices.

This is the first real progress toward a new farm bill becoming law.

My colleagues and I on the Republican side of the committee are committed to moving the process forward.

We intend to release our farm bill framework that reflects the Senate’s shared commitments across all 12 titles in the coming weeks.”