The House passed a five-year Farm Bill on Wednesday, by a vote of 255-161, ending a two-year standstill on the legislation. The bill includes both aid for the nation’s struggling dairy farmers and cuts to the federal nutrition assistance program.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement on the bill’s passage Monday: “This bill is far from perfect but America and Vermont need a Farm Bill,” Welch said. “While it falls short of all that Vermont wanted, it is a significant improvement over the status quo and will provide much needed relief to Vermont’s dairy farmers, vegetable growers, and the organics and maple syrup industries. A new insurance program will provide a strong safety net for dairy farmers. And important conservation programs that help protect land, improve water quality, and enhance stewardship of our natural resources are preserved. While it rolls back draconian cuts in nutrition assistance, the cuts in this bill will add yet another challenge to families struggling to make ends meet.”