Blunt Rochester Applauds House Passage of Farm Bill Conference Report, Boosting Delaware Farmers, Businesses, & Consumers
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), the first Delawarean to serve on the House Agriculture Committee in over 120 years, issued the following statement after House passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill conference report by a vote of 369 to 47. The Farm Bill is a 5-year re-authorization that extends U.S. Department of Agriculture programs related to the farm safety net; nutrition programs that feed Delaware children, seniors, people with disabilities, and families who rely on the social safety net to navigate difficult financial times; land-grant and 1890 universities; and agriculture research.
“I fought to get on the House Agriculture Committee because I knew how critical it would be to Delaware to craft a Farm Bill that would provide our agriculture industry and state with opportunities to boost our economy, strengthen the agricultural safety net, and protect seniors, children, and people with disabilities,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “The Farm Bill connects all of us to the food on our plates, the farmers who produce that food, and the natural resources and scientific research that make our nation the global leader in agriculture. This bill is an important first step in providing farmers with the surety they need to run their businesses while addressing the needs of struggling rural communities across the country. After months of negotiations in Washington and roundtable discussions across Delaware with state officials, farmers, business leaders, and social service providers, I proudly cast my vote for a Farm Bill that positively impacts all in our state. This legislation comes at a time when trust and confidence in Congress’ ability to deliver real results for the American public has been greatly eroded. Passage of the Farm Bill is an example of all we can accomplish when both sides of the aisle are given a seat at the table and are able to negotiate on behalf of their states and constituencies, and I am proud to have played a role in crafting this Farm Bill. I look forward to continuing my work with the agricultural community in Delaware and across the country to strengthen farming communities – ensuring they’re afforded the opportunities to continue growing the crops that help feed our families and the world.”
Specifically, the 2018 Farm Bill:
The text of the bill is available here.