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House Passes Farm Bill

 

Jan 29 - In a vote of 251 to 166, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Agriculture Act of 2014.

Following the vote, House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas released a statement saying, "I am pleased a majority of my House colleagues joined me in supporting a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped get us here.  This is legislation we can all be proud of because it fulfills the expectations the American people have of us. They expect us to work together to find ways to reduce the cost of the federal government. The Agricultural Act contributes major savings to deficit reduction, significant reforms to policy, and yet still provides a safety net not only for the production of American food and fiber, but also to ensure our fellow citizens have enough food to eat. I am hopeful this legislation will enjoy the same success when the Senate considers it, and I encourage the president to sign it quickly into law," said  Lucas.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 includes a significant reduction to farm policy spending in history by improving agricultural programs, according to the House ag committee's website. It:

The Agricultural Act of 2014 makes the first reforms to the food stamp program since the welfare reforms of 1996. It:

The Agricultural Act of 2014 includes multiple regulatory relief provisions benefitting the agricultural and forestry industries. It: 


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