Time to Stand up for Rural Missouri

Senator Claire McCaskill
2013-06-14 14:39:25
    Dear Unity, It's that time of year again. Last June, the United States Senate passed a Farm Bill that would save taxpayers $23 billion, eliminate wasteful and redundant programs while maintaining a safety net for Missouri farmers, and provide critical aid to Missouri ranchers who were devastated by drought. For the next six months, the U.S. House failed to even bring that bill to the floor for a vote. But the U.S. House of Representatives made the bill disappear - threatening the security Missouri's farmers and ranchers need to continue making agriculture the cornerstone of our state's economy. Despite this setback, I was committed to doing everything I could to pass a Farm Bill this year. This year's bill required some Missouri-style compromise and commonsense - and while nobody got everything they wanted, it's a bill that we can all be proud of, and that passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority. And having spoken to Missouri's farmers and ranchers, I know this is a bill they want to see passed as quickly as possible.  This year's Senate Farm Bill will save U.S. taxpayers over $24 billion - over a billion dollars more than last year's legislation.  It also ends the wasteful Direct Payments program, which provides farmers with government handouts even when prices are high, often for crops they aren't even growing. I've worked with my Democratic and Republican colleagues for over a year to end Direct Payments, and I'm thrilled we've finally done just that. Our legislation also reauthorizes livestock disaster assistance programs - which will provide critical support to ranchers impacted by last summer's disastrous drought - through 2018. In addition, the bipartisan bill includes new dairy programs to help Missouri dairy farmers maintain reasonable margins in the face of rising input costs. So, as the calendar brings another June and the Senate passes another Farm Bill, the question becomes: where do we go from here? Will the U.S. House finally stop sitting on its hands and pass this critical legislation, or will our farmers and ranchers continue waiting around for resources and security that never come? I'm urging my colleagues in the House to take up legislation and participate in the debate. As a daughter of rural Missouri, I've always known that farming was important to our values as well as our economy. When Missouri farmers and ranchers are prospering, our whole state benefits. All the best, P.S. As always, I want to hear your thoughts. Connect with me via email, Facebook and Twitter.       Regional Offices & Contact Information     Washington, DC Office Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506 Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6154 F: 202-228-6326 Cape Girardeau 555 Independence St., Room 1600 Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 P: 573-651-0964 F: 573-334-4278 Columbia 915 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65201 P: 573-442-7130 F: 573-442-7140         Kansas City 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101 Kansas City, MO 64111 P: 816-421-1639 F: 816-421-2562 Springfield 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101 Springfield, MO 65806 P: 417-868-8745 F: 417-831-1349 St. Louis 5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A St. Louis, MO 63112 P: 314-367-1364 F: 314-361-8649       I'm on Twitter, a networking tool that helps me keep in touch with Missourians -- read more about Twitter here. Keep up to date on how I'm working for you in Washington by following me @mccaskilloffice. Reach me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SenatorMcCaskill. To unsubscribe from Claire's Newsletter, please visit the unsubscribe page here: mccaskill.senate.gov/
Claire McCaskill | Missouri's Senator
   

Dear Unity,

It's that time of year again.

Last June, the United States Senate passed a Farm Bill that would save taxpayers $23 billion, eliminate wasteful and redundant programs while maintaining a safety net for Missouri farmers, and provide critical aid to Missouri ranchers who were devastated by drought. For the next six months, the U.S. House failed to even bring that bill to the floor for a vote.

But the U.S. House of Representatives made the bill disappear - threatening the security Missouri's farmers and ranchers need to continue making agriculture the cornerstone of our state's economy.

Despite this setback, I was committed to doing everything I could to pass a Farm Bill this year. This year's bill required some Missouri-style compromise and commonsense - and while nobody got everything they wanted, it's a bill that we can all be proud of, and that passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority. And having spoken to Missouri's farmers and ranchers, I know this is a bill they want to see passed as quickly as possible. 

This year's Senate Farm Bill will save U.S. taxpayers over $24 billion - over a billion dollars more than last year's legislation.  It also ends the wasteful Direct Payments program, which provides farmers with government handouts even when prices are high, often for crops they aren't even growing. I've worked with my Democratic and Republican colleagues for over a year to end Direct Payments, and I'm thrilled we've finally done just that. Our legislation also reauthorizes livestock disaster assistance programs - which will provide critical support to ranchers impacted by last summer's disastrous drought - through 2018. In addition, the bipartisan bill includes new dairy programs to help Missouri dairy farmers maintain reasonable margins in the face of rising input costs.

So, as the calendar brings another June and the Senate passes another Farm Bill, the question becomes: where do we go from here? Will the U.S. House finally stop sitting on its hands and pass this critical legislation, or will our farmers and ranchers continue waiting around for resources and security that never come?

I'm urging my colleagues in the House to take up legislation and participate in the debate.

As a daughter of rural Missouri, I've always known that farming was important to our values as well as our economy. When Missouri farmers and ranchers are prospering, our whole state benefits.

All the best,


P.S. As always, I want to hear your thoughts. Connect with me via email, Facebook and Twitter.

   
 

Regional Offices & Contact Information

   

Washington, DC Office
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
P: 202-224-6154
F: 202-228-6326

Cape Girardeau
555 Independence St., Room 1600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
P: 573-651-0964
F: 573-334-4278

Columbia
915 E. Ash St.
Columbia, MO 65201
P: 573-442-7130
F: 573-442-7140

   
   

Kansas City
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
P: 816-421-1639
F: 816-421-2562

Springfield
324 Park Central West, Ste. 101
Springfield, MO 65806
P: 417-868-8745
F: 417-831-1349

St. Louis
5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A
St. Louis, MO 63112
P: 314-367-1364
F: 314-361-8649

   
 

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