Vermont Congressman Criticizes Split Farm Bill Vote

Jul 12, 2013

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “farm only” farm bill that removed the major provisions of the bill - its nutrition programs. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says both food and farm security has been compromised.

Deleted from the bill were the controversial funding components including food stamps and other nutrition programs, which account for 80 billion of the 100 billion dollar farm bill.  Vermont Congressman Democrat Peter Welch on Friday called the partisan vote a set back that has broken 50 years of urban-rural cooperation.  

All 196 Democratic representatives  voted against the split farm bill.