Rep. Bacon Statement on Farm Bill Failing

May 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) released the following statement after the House failed to pass the 2018 Farm Bill:

“I am disappointed that my House colleagues failed to pass the Farm Bill. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, we held many hearings and debated for 6 hours to get this Farm Bill right. Because this bill failed, there are nearly 40 programs that do not have baseline funding beyond 2018. Funding for certain trade promotion programs are in jeopardy prohibiting new trade opportunities for farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. Funding for programs for beginning farmers and ranchers would be eliminated as would critical outreach programs for socially disadvantaged and veteran producers if we do not pass the Farm Bill. In addition, SNAP participants who may lack certain work skills or training will not be able to get free training to ensure they are able to thrive and become self-sufficient. This bill focused on an underserved population that would have received the tools and resources at their hands to provide for their families and become independent. I look forward to the bill’s reconsideration.” 

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