Abraham issues statement on Farm Bill passage
WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today voted for the Farm Bill Conference Report, which passed overwhelmingly in the House. It now heads to President Trump’s desk for a signature.
“Agriculture is a critical part of the Louisiana economy, and our state’s farmers, ranchers and foresters deserve the stability and strong safety net that the Farm Bill provides. This bill preserves crop insurance, adjusts for low commodity prices, strengthens dairy price protections, and preserves the family farm. This is a good bill, and that’s why farmers across the country are celebrating its passage,” said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee.
The Farm Bill also deals with policy concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The House version of the bill, which Dr. Abraham supported, included work requirements for able-bodied adult SNAP beneficiaries, but the Senate’s version did not. Though the final version did not include work requirements, it did include 18 different policy changes aimed at reducing waste, fraud and abuse within the program.
“I voted for the SNAP work requirements and job training included in the House bill because these changes would help people break the cycle of poverty. The Senate did not include these changes, nor would the Senators budge on their position during negotiations. When faced with a choice between leaving our farmers in limbo at the end of this Congress and allowing Nancy Pelosi to rewrite the Farm Bill next year, or passing a strong bill that didn’t go as far as I would have liked, that choice was clear,” Dr. Abraham said.