In the aftermath of the Farm Bill’s failure in the House last week, a movement to break it in two is gaining traction.
The 234-195 defeat of the 2013 Farm Bill in the House came as a surprise to many and a wakeup call to some - cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as "food stamps," became a major hurdle to progress in getting Congress to bolster farm and food programs. The $75-billion food stamp program was hotly debated.
The five-year Farm Bill was defeated Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234-195. Two Congressmen from the Hudson Valley share a similar goal with the federal Farm Bill, yet voted differently.
Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney sit on the House Agriculture Committee, and while both voted to advance the bill from there in May, they cast different votes Thursday. Gibson voted in favor of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management, or FARRM, Act of 2013, and says he was disappointed with the outcome.
NEWBURGH – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s Agricultural Advisory Committee has completed its report listing priorities for the Hudson Valley, one week before the House Agriculture Committee will consider the 2013 farm bill.
Maloney’s committee, comprised of farmers in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Westchester, called for supporting specialty crops, increasing access to credit, expanding distribution of locally-grown food, reducing government regulations, and protecting conservation programs.