Delaney Statement on Passage of the Farm Bill
WASHINGTON – Today the House passed a five year farm bill by a 251 to 166 vote. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the measure.
Delaney releases the following statement:
“America needs a farm bill and Maryland needs a farm bill. Over 350,000 Marylanders are employed in the agricultural sector, including many in my district. This farm bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a vast improvement over previous versions. For decades, previous farm bills have ensured that America can produce an affordable food supply and that we can compete globally. A five year farm bill will bring certainty and stability to our farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs. Combined with recent budget agreements, I’m encouraged that we’re starting to work in a bipartisan and bicameral way again.
“When you compare this legislation to the two versions I voted against last year, there is no comparison: this is a sound bipartisan compromise in accordance with our values. I was very concerned about the handling of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in previous versions of the bill, but this version removed the most egregious cuts. The good news is that this bill includes much smaller cuts than original House versions, and in fact, funding for many nutritional programs is increased, including support for food banks and Community Food Projects. Instead, this bill primarily reforms the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which was not being used in Maryland. No Maryland residents will have a benefit cut in this bill.”