Lawmakers react to new farm bill deal

Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 4:45 PM CST
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Members of Congress weigh in on a five-year farm bill. The new compromise is on track for votes in the House and Senate this week.

Lawmakers are hoping to get a bill to the President's desk before the Christmas holiday, as they already came up short striking an agreement ahead of the original deadline.

Leaders say it's critical to get a bill passed before the end of the year, when some critical government programs would run out of funding.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) voted in favor of the final bipartisan Farm Bill.

“Wisconsin farmers are a key driver of our agriculture economy and the backbone of our rural communities, but right now our farmers are facing a perfect storm of challenges that have threatened their businesses and our communities,” said Senator Baldwin. “I’ve met with farmers across Wisconsin and I brought their concerns and ideas to Washington to make sure the Farm Bill works for our Wisconsin farmers. I’ve worked for strong investments and reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill to support our hardworking farmers, and ensure they have the tools to be successful and move our state forward. It’s time for Congress to get the job done and get this bipartisan legislation to the President’s desk.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) released a statement on his vote on the farm bill:

“Once again, senators were forced to vote on a ‘farm bill’ where nearly 80 percent of the spending was directed to SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program. Eight years into a recovery, with unemployment at historically low levels, 13 percent of the population is still on food stamps. This is a level of participation normally experienced during recessions and high unemployment. I will continue to support Wisconsin’s farm families and fight for their ability to sell their goods at fair prices around the world, but I will not support a ‘farm bill’ in name only that does not include needed reforms to a runaway spending program.”