Arrington on Farm Bill Agreement

WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement once an agreement in principle had been made on the 2018 Farm Bill.

“I am pleased that we’ve reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill,” Arrington said. “This legislation will be tremendously helpful for our farmers, ranchers, and rural America because it significantly strengthens the agriculture safety net, makes important investments in rural infrastructure, and improves other aspects of the Farm Bill.

“Unfortunately, only modest reforms were made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as Food Stamps. I am deeply disappointed that the Democrats and Republicans in the Senate made little effort to improve one of the largest welfare programs in the country, which, in its current form, has trapped millions of Americans in a cycle of government dependence.

“Even so, it was imperative we closed the deal in order to provide our producers with the economic certainty they so desperately need and so we don’t have to start over in the 116th Congress with Democrats writing the Farm Bill in a Pelosi-led House. I expect the conference report to pass both the conference committee and House and Senate chambers within the next few weeks.”