Posted: Jun 20, 2013 8:35 PM by MTN News
A farm bill was voted down on Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The vote in the House was 234-195 against the bill.
On the Republican side, 171 voted for the bill; 62 voted against it. Twenty-four Democrats voted for the bill, and 172 voted against it.
U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) voted for the bill.
Daines had testified that one in five Montana jobs rely on agriculture, and that passage of the farm bill would provide Montana's farmers and rural communities with much-needed certainty.
Daines said during floor debate on the bill, "We need a Farm Bill that supports our rural communities and gives the ag community the certainty needed to plant the crops that feed our country and ensure a stable food supply. We need a Farm Bill that gives Montana farmers relief from burdensome regulations and encourages young people to remain active in their family farms."
Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill issued the following statement: "The failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a Farm Bill today is extremely disappointing. We do appreciate Congressman Daines' vote for the bill, and urge him to continue working to find a solution that will work for family farmers, ranchers and rural citizens everywhere."
Following the defeat of the bill, Daines said, "I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the House's failure to pass a five-year Farm Bill today. This legislation is long overdue and it is unacceptable that Congress continues to stand in the way of providing our ag producers and rural communities with a long-term solution."
He continued, "Agriculture is not only an important part of Montana's economy-it's a critical industry that impacts each and every American. While not perfect, the House Farm Bill provided much-needed certainty for Montana's ag producers and important cost-saving reforms to many Farm Bill programs. Congress needs to do its job and pass a five-year Farm Bill before the current extension expires."