Pelosi Statement on Passage of Farm Bill
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the House overwhelmingly passed the conference report to H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, by a vote of 369-47:
“Today, the House has honored a decades-long tradition by passing a strong, bipartisan and unifying Farm Bill that reflects the priorities of Democrats and meets the needs of the American people.
“Informed by the values and expertise of our Conferees, this bill upholds our obligations to the nearly 39 million Americans who are food-insecure. It preserves current benefits for millions of children, seniors and students, 1.5 million veterans, 23,000 servicemembers, individuals with disabilities and hard-working families who rely on this transformative lifeline. It makes smart improvements to food stamps that strengthen the safety net for families, create good-paying jobs and grow the economy, recognizing that SNAP creates $1.79 for every dollar in benefits and supports more than 560,000 jobs across the country.
“This bill also honors our responsibilities to the 16 million men and women of agriculture, providing certainty to farmers and growers amid a lagging farm economy and the self-inflicted damage of the President’s trade brinkmanship. This bill makes bold, forward-looking investments in rural communities by increasing funding for agriculture research, organic and specialty crops, broadband and energy initiatives, while making great progress to protect clean water, clean air and a healthy planet. As a Californian, it gives me pride that this bill meets the needs of survivors of the devastating wildfires by maintaining the progress created by the wildfire budget fix included in the FY18 omnibus earlier this year.
“I salute the leadership of soon-to-be Chairman Collin Peterson and our Democratic Conferees for crafting and supporting this strong bill, and am proud of Democrats’ success in achieving so many key priorities for our Caucus, for farmers and families and for all Americans.”
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