VIDEO: Blunt Rochester Takes to the House Floor to Advocate For a Bipartisan Farm Bill

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Washington, June 21, 2018 | Kyle Morse (202-695-0494) | comments

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), member of the House Committee on Agriculture, took to the House floor to advocate for a bipartisan Farm Bill. Blunt Rochester shared a story from “Kids Day” at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. Full transcript below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to again vote against the partisan GOP Farm Bill.

Mr. Speaker, I traveled across my state and heard countless stories from Delawareans of all backgrounds – farmers, emergency food providers, and working families. And I want to share one story.

During Kids Day at the Lewes Farmers Market, every child who attended with a SNAP participant was given five dollars in tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. One boy – clutching his tokens – asked, “is this enough to buy a peach?” The organizers told the boy it was enough to buy a whole basket. He looked up and said, “Good, because I’ve never tasted a peach.”

That’s what the Farm Bill is about. It’s about connecting people from farm to fork. This bill is too important for one party to go alone. I hope my colleagues will vote again against the bill so we can get back to work on a truly bipartisan Farm Bill that strengthens the rural economy, farm safety net, and ensures that all children have the opportunity to taste a peach.

I yield back my time.”

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