Abraham named to Farm Bill Conference Committee
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, has been named a member of the conference committee that will craft the final version of the Farm Bill.
Under our system of government, differences between two versions of the same bill – one passed by the House and the other passed by the Senate – must be ironed out during a conference committee. The Farm Bill the conference committee is considering will set agriculture policy for the next five years.
“This is an honor and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. Agriculture is vitally important to the economy of the nation and Louisiana. We must get this bill right for all people who call rural America home. I’m confident that we will emerge from this process with a great Farm Bill that provides strong support for our farmers, ranchers and foresters,” said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Agriculture Committee who actively farms in Richland Parish.
Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said, “Today, we move one step closer to delivering a strong, new farm bill to the president’s desk on time as he has called on Congress to do. America's farmers and ranchers and rural America are struggling right now and they deserve the certainty of a strong farm bill to see them through to better times. The House has pulled together a solid team of conferees – including Rep. Abraham. I’m looking forward to working with Ralph, who has been a strong voice for agriculture through this process, and the rest of our House and Senate colleagues to reach a final product that helps millions of low-income Americans climb the economic ladder, while standing by our nation’s hard-working farm and ranch families.”
A full list of Republican House members who will serve on the committee can be found here.
The Farm Bill sets agriculture policy for the next five years. The House passed its version of the Farm Bill on June 21. The Senate passed its version on June 28. Current Farm Bill policy expires at the end of September.