Blumenauer Statement on the Failure of the GOP Farm Bill Vote
Washington, DC – Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a leading voice in Congress for reforming our nation’s agriculture policy, released the following statement:
“Much like the tax scam bill, attacks on Medicaid, or efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the House GOP Farm Bill empowers special corporate interests at the expense of those most in need, the health of American farms and families, and our planet.
"Its failure today is a small victory in our fight for a just, sustainable, and equitable food system. But this is far from over. Republican leadership will redouble their efforts to pass their bill. Now is the time to redouble our efforts for a Farm Bill that works for everyone.”
In November, Blumenauer introduced a comprehensive alternative Farm Bill. H.R. 4425, the Food and Farm Act, that advances Farm Bill reforms based on four principles: (1) focusing resources on those who need it most; (2) fostering innovation; (3) encouraging investments in people and the planet; and (4) ensuring access to healthy foods.
Blumenauer’s legislation is the result of his “Sing Your Own Farm Bill” project, a multi-year effort to engage a wide variety of stakeholders in creating a more visionary, equitable, and cost-effective Farm Bill. As part of this project, Blumenauer has met with agricultural researchers, farmworkers, nutrition advocates, conservation interests, winemakers, nurseries, wheat growers, small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers, processors, agricultural policy advocates, and others. Together, they have brainstormed how federal agricultural policies could be shaped to better meet everyone’s needs—not just a select few. The Food and Farm Act includes the policy priorities that have grown out of this feedback.