House Blocks Farm Bill21 June 2013
US - The US House of Representatives has failed to pass the House version of a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill.
The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act was lost by a vote of 195-234.
Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, said: “The failure by the House leadership, for the second year in a row, to reach consensus on a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is a tremendous disappointment for all Americans.
“Twice now, the US Senate has done its job and passed balanced, comprehensive legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support.
“Unfortunately, the House version of this bill would have unfairly denied food assistance for millions of struggling families and their children, while failing to achieve needed reforms or critical investments to continue economic growth in rural America. As a result, the House was unable to achieve bipartisan consensus."
Congressman Rick Crawford said: “I am extremely disappointed that the House failed to pass a Farm Bill, which means agriculture policy could revert to 1949 - causing drastic price increases for consumers and major disruptions for farm operators. This option is unacceptable.
“While the ill-effects would hit everyone in America, rural states like Arkansas would be disproportionately affected.
“While the bill was not perfect, it took significant steps to root out waste and abuse."ThePoultrySite News Desk