Roe Statement on Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the House voting down H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the Farm Bill:
“I’m very disappointed the Farm Bill failed to pass the House today. I was proud to work with Chairman Conaway and the House Committee on Agriculture to advance commonsense agriculture reforms for East Tennesseans, and I’ll never apologize for taking care of our farmers. Over the last five years, net farming income has declined by 52 percent because of causes like natural disasters and changes in the global economy. In meeting with agricultural stakeholders throughout our district, I have heard about the difficulties facing our farmers. I’m pleased the 2018 Farm Bill includes critical provisions such as preserving crop insurance programs and maintaining trade promotion initiatives by providing a strengthened safety net for agricultural exports. While I believe the bill could have been strengthened by encouraging healthy food options in the SNAP program, the bill adopts some very reasonable requirements for work or education in the SNAP program so that beneficiaries are offered a hand up through this program, not simply a hand out. America wouldn’t be as strong as we are today without our agriculture community, and this bill will help preserve our farming industry for future generations. I’m hopeful we will keep working to pass this needed bill in the near future to ensure our farmers continue to have the support system they need.”Background: H.R. 2 passed through the House Committee on Agriculture last month, in which Congressman Roe explained his support further on the bill here.