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Stutzman: House “Must Have an Up-or-Down Vote to Split the Farm Bill”

“Without that debate, I cannot in good conscience vote for a welfare bill passed on the backs of hardworking American farmers.”

Video of the Congressman’s speech is available by clicking here.
 
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman when to the House floor today to speak against the Farm Bill in its current form and urge Congress to split the bill into a true, “farm-only” Farm Bill and separate food stamp legislation.
 
“Mr. Speaker, as a fourth-generation farmer, I know first-hand how important the Farm Bill is for farmers.
 
“I believe that we need a Farm Bill but I also believe we need a responsible Farm Bill.
 
“Unfortunately, the bill passed out of the Rules Committee last night is a Farm Bill in name only. Eighty percent of the spending goes toward food stamps. This isn’t the solution American taxpayers deserve. 
 
“Washington’s unholy alliance of farm policy and nutrition policy has spun out of control and now we will consider a massive trillion dollar spending package called a ‘Farm Bill.’
 
“Mr. Speaker, we must have an up-or-down vote to split the Farm Bill into a true, ‘farm-only’ Farm Bill and a separate food stamp bill.
 
“The American people deserve an honest conversation about how Washington spends their money. We’ve made progress by ending direct payments but there’s more work ahead.
 
“Let’s do our work in the full light of day by splitting this bill and having serious debates on both farm and welfare policy.
 
“Without that debate, I cannot in good conscience vote for a welfare bill passed on the backs of hardworking American farmers.”
 
Background:
 
  • Earlier this week, Congressman Stutzman filed amendments with the House Rules Committee to split the Farm Bill into separate bills on farm and food stamp policy. The amendments were not made in order by the Committee.