On Sunday, I was a guest on CBS’s Face the Nation where I explained how the Senate was able to pass both a five-year reauthorization of the Farm Bill and comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The answer is simple: bipartisanship. Now, it is time for the House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead and consider these and other important legislative issues on a bipartisan basis.
Meeting with Illinois Farm Groups in Washington, DC
Last week, I met with the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Soybean Association. In both meetings, the message was the same: Congress needs to give farmers the certainty they need to plan for the future by passing a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill.
The Senate's bipartisan Farm Bill reforms several titles to help producers better manage risk, makes key investments in energy and research, ensures programs are in place to help our rural communities grow and thrive, and assists those most in need put food on the table. It does all this while saving roughly $24 billion over the next ten years.
For decades, Members of Congress who represent cities – where nutritional programs are essential – and those who represent rural areas – where agricultural policy is the top priority – have come together to write and pass the Farm Bill. That’s what the Senate Farm Bill does, and it’s a winning formula. Let's not only grow the food, let's make sure it's distributed fairly so that our own people don't go hungry. Separating these two issues, as Republicans in the House of Representatives have done, is not in the best interest of our farmers, our families, or our country.
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