Blumenauer Statement on House GOP Jamming Through Disastrous Farm Bill
Washington, DC – Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a leading voice in Congress for reforming our nation’s agriculture policy, released the following statement on the decision of House Republican leadership to bring their disastrous Farm Bill to the House floor for another vote later this afternoon:
“This legislation continues Republican corporate cronyism—helping mega corporations at the expense of family farms, vulnerable families, our health, and the environment. This bill is a disaster and deserves to fail again.”
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 more. 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.