Nice try, but not enough

December 14, 2018

After months of jockeying, hand wringing, and horse trading largely behind closed doors, this week Congress passed another disappointing Farm Bill agreement that does more of the same. It unfortunately is a missed opportunity to provide American families with desperately needed reforms that impact health care, climate change, economic development, and the food we eat.  

Instead of developing more ambitious, equitable, and cost-effective legislation like our proposed Food and Farm Act, their agreement continues to fail family farmers and ranchers, vulnerable communities, and the environment. I spent three years listening to the needs of farmers around the country and this bill does not address those needs. This bill cuts an important conservation program and provides subsidies to non-farming cousins, nieces and nephews.

Every day that we continue the status quo, we delay improving and enriching communities, and helping families live healthier lives. We can and must do better to help increase access to healthy food for all families.  This final bill fundamentally misses the mark on addressing critical reforms that communities across the country desperately need. Americans deserve a Farm Bill that works for them and their families—not corporate mega farms. I will continue to lead the opposition to the current Farm Bill structure, fighting instead for a better outcome for all Americans.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress