Newhouse Statement on House Passage of Farm Bill

June 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives’ voted to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, commonly referred to as “the Farm Bill.”

“The Farm Bill provides much-needed certainty for farmers and ranchers, who continue to struggle with the lowest farm income in decades and the damaging consequences of retaliatory tariffs,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The Farm Bill supports important agriculture research, reauthorizes market access, and bolsters the farm safety net. It improves the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through instituting work and training requirements for able-bodied adults without any cuts in services. The SNAP and Education & Training (E&T) provisions also invest savings to increase resources for E&T programs like Washington’s highly successful Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program. I am also pleased that this Farm Bill repeals the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), which was simply a regulatory power grab. As we enter the dry summer months and face the threat of wildfires, this legislation is important to promote forest health through better management.”

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