Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) released this statement following the House vote on farm policy.
The House should be embarrassed for failing America’s agriculture producers. The House has repeatedly demonstrated that they cannot pass a farm bill. It staggers the imagination for House leaders to claim they have taken action by passing a drought assistance bill that cuts conservation programs meant to mitigate the effects of the drought.
By not passing the Senate farm bill, the House left out needed bipartisan reforms, including enhancements to the crop insurance program, and retained the wasteful direct payments program.
The House is trying to hide the glaring fact that they cannot pass a farm bill and are failing South Dakota and all of rural America during a devastating drought. The Senate has passed a real, bipartisan farm bill that provides disaster assistance, reforms farm programs, reduces the deficit by $23 billion, and gives producers long-term certainty.