Delaney Applauds Passage of Farm Bill in Senate
WASHINGTON – Today the Senate passed a five-year Farm Bill. Last week, the House passed the same measure 251 to 166. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the measure in the House, one of two members of the Maryland House delegation to do so.
Congressman Delaney releases the following statement:
“America needs a Farm Bill and, with over 12,000 farms in our state, Maryland needs a Farm Bill as well. I met with Western Maryland farmers last week in Cumberland and heard first-hand how important the Farm Bill is to them. A five-year bill also provides our farmers with certainty and an ability to make long-term plans. A stable and affordable food supply is essential to the health of our people, the health of our communities, and the health of our economy. I applaud the Senate for passing the Farm Bill today and I thank Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin for their votes on this measure.
“This new Farm Bill is less partisan than earlier House versions and shows that we can come together and find common ground. This bill isn’t perfect, but it represents a sound, bipartisan compromise that adheres to our country’s values. In previous versions of the Farm Bill, I was very concerned about the handling of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), but this version removed the most egregious cuts. Instead, this bill includes drastically smaller cuts than the original House version, and in fact, funding for many nutritional programs was increased. The primary piece of nutrition reform was an adjustment to 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.”