WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan was among the 62 House Republicans who voted no Thursday on the Farm Bill.
“Despite some progress, this farm bill missed an opportunity to restrain federal spending in a meaningful way,” said Jordan, who represents Allen County. “We still have the opportunity to pass free market reforms to federal farm programs and we can still consider separate nutrition legislation that establishes work requirements and time limits for able bodied individuals to receive food stamps.”
The region’s other representative, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, voted yes on the legislation. The bill did include some spending reductions and reforms, he said.
“With one of the largest agricultural districts in the state, many farmers in the region have expressed the need for long-term certainty to make planning and planting decisions. I was disappointed the House did not pass the five-year Farm Bill, which achieved $40 billion in spending reductions and included policies that would provide our farmers with flexibility and stability, as well as commonsense reforms to eliminate direct payments and reforms to the SNAP program - a program that has not been updated since 1996.
Latta said without a new long-term farm bill in place, the federal government risks reverting to the 1949 farm law, which occurs when a farm bill or extension expires.
“Operating under such an outdated policy would be especially harmful to the agriculture community, as well as taxpayers and consumers. Agriculture plays an important role, from putting food on our tables to creating jobs in rural areas both in our region and throughout the country. I am committed to making sure that American family farms remain viable and will continue to support policies that enhance our agriculture communities,” Latta said.
House Speaker John Boehner, who rarely votes, voted yes on the bill.