Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Disastrous, Partisan Farm Bill
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2):
“Rather than working cooperatively to pass a farm bill that addresses the needs of our urban and rural communities, the 2018 Farm Bill is a partisan vehicle attempting a last-ditch effort at weakening nutrition assistance programs. This disastrous bill unfairly targets veterans, seniors, children and other families by cutting $23.3 billion in nutritional benefits which would impact nearly 1 million households. Additionally, severely disabled veterans would face extra barriers to assistance and 265,000 children would lose access to free school meals because of the bill’s burdensome administrative requirements. Specifically, it would eliminate Broad Based Categorical Eligibility, establish new paperwork requirements, and mandate an untested workforce bureaucracy.
Every five years, the farm bill represents an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation to ensuring the security and prosperity of farmers and consumers, but the GOP insistence on crippling vital assistance that many individuals and families rely on is a non-starter, which is why I voted against this terrible bill.”
H.R. 2 the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 failed the House of Representatives by a vote of 198 to 213.