House Fails to Pass Farm Bill; Cotton a No Vote
By a vote of 195-234, The U.S. House of Representatives failed to produce enough votes to pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) or farm bill. Congressman Tom Cotton was the only Arkansas Congressman to oppose the legislation.
Below is a press statement from the Agricultural Council of Arkansas:
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 20, 2013
STATEMENT ON HOUSE’S FAILURE TO PASS FARM BILL
The Agricultural Council of Arkansas is disappointed with the U.S. House of Representatives’ failure to approve the farm bill. We appreciate the votes in support of this legislation from Arkansas Congressmen Rick Crawford, Steve Womack, and Tim Griffin. They understand that this bill is critical for Arkansas farmers, businesses and consumers.
Unfortunately, a hyper-partisan House of Representatives has left farmers, businesses and consumers out to dry. We hope that all members who voted no on this bill will hear from their constituents in the coming weeks and reconsider their votes. We remain optimistic that compromise is still an option before current law expires at the end of September.
It’s important for Arkansas farmers to have the certainty of a five year farm bill that contributes to deficit reduction and provides a safety net for farmers. Without the certainty of a farm bill, farmers will struggle in their ability to make the long-term investments and other production decisions necessary to continue growing a safe and affordable food and fiber supply for consumers.
About the Agricultural Council of Arkansas
The Agricultural Council of Arkansas (ACA) is a non-profit trade association committed to telling the story of row crop agriculture in Arkansas, advocating on behalf of the agriculture industry, and improving rural economies.
The ACA has promoted agriculture and advocated on behalf of Arkansas farmers since 1939.
The ACA’s membership is composed of family farms, agriculture related businesses, and others supportive of agriculture in Arkansas. ACA members strive to advance policies that will ensure the continued success of agriculture in our state.
Contact: Andrew Grobmyer, Executive Vice President (501) 376-0455