Abraham issues statement after Farm Bill passes committee
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, issued the following statement on the House Agriculture Committee’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill sets agriculture policy for the next five years and is critical to the nation’s food and commodities producers. Dr. Abraham represents one of the largest row crop districts in the nation, and he voted in favor of moving the bill to the full House.
“The Farm Bill is the single most important piece of legislation for our nation’s food and commodities producers because it sets all agriculture policy for five years, bringing the certainty and stability that they need to succeed. I’m proud to have worked on this bill for much of the last year and look forward to seeing it pass the full House because a thriving agriculture sector is essential for the economic wellbeing of my district and the country.
“However, I am very disappointed that my Democratic colleagues tried at every turn to defeat this crucial bill by spreading misinformation about the new SNAP work requirements. Doing so brought a level of partisanship previously unseen within our committee. Despite their claims, no child, caretaker of a young child, senior citizen or disabled person will lose SNAP benefits. Work-capable adults will be required to do some work or train for a job, training that’s guaranteed to them with this bill. No one will ever break the cycle of poverty by relying on the government for a handout, but this bill gives folks an incentive to enter the workforce. This Farm Bill offers them an opportunity," Dr. Abraham said.