Welch to Vote for Farm Bill Compromise, Citing Benefits to Vermont Agriculture and the Defeat of Draconian Cuts to Nutrition Programs
WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) spoke on the House floor in support of a five-year compromise farm bill hammered out by House and Senate negotiators over the last several weeks. Welch touted the overall benefits of the bill for Vermont, including provisions that benefit the dairy, maple, organic and hemp industries. He also applauded the jettisoning of draconian cuts to nutrition programs for children and low income Vermonters.
The agreement was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate yesterday on a vote of 87-13. The House is expected to pass the bill this afternoon and send it to President Trump for his expected signature.
“It’s absolutely no secret that farming communities from Franklin and Addison County in Vermont to the plains of Kansas and Iowa are facing a crisis. This bill contains a number of positive changes that will help in Vermont. While no one got everything they wanted, and many of the urgent reforms that are needed on the commodity side are not part of this, this will be a positive contribution to Vermont agriculture.”
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