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Stutzman Files Amendment to Have House Vote on Farm-Only Farm Bill

“Congress must remove welfare provisions from the farm bill and give taxpayers the honest debate they deserve on both.”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman, a fourth-generation farmer from Indiana, filed amendments with the House Committee on Rules today to divide the farm bill into a true, “farm-only” farm bill and separate food stamp legislation.
 
“Right now, this trillion dollar spending package is a farm bill in name only. Congress must remove welfare provisions from the farm bill and give taxpayers the honest debate they deserve on both. It’s simple: food stamp policy isn’t farm policy. Yet, most Americans are shocked to learn that about 80 percent of the farm bill’s spending goes to Washington’s out-of-control food stamp program. With our nation nearly $17 trillion in debt, the American people deserve an open, transparent debate and that can only happen when Washington stops playing games with deceptively named spending bills.”