McCollum to Vote In Support of Farm Bill Agreement
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement on the agreement that was reached on a five-year farm bill:
“The agricultural economy is critical to Minnesota’s economy, so this bipartisan farm bill agreement will have my vote when it reaches the House floor. This agreement brings much needed stability to farmers, agribusiness, and consumers which is long overdue.
“A farm bill is also crucial to efforts to fight hunger and poverty. The bill reauthorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and rejects the Republican proposal to hurt millions of hungry families, children, and seniors by cutting $40 billion from SNAP. The SNAP cuts that are in this bill will not affect Minnesota, but why take food away from any low-income American?
“This bill represents a bipartisan compromise at a time when Congress rarely compromises. Minnesota needs this bill and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) deserves tremendous credit for his dedication and toughness to fight for Minnesota’s interests. Collin stood strong and firm throughout this very difficult process.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
She is Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.