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NFU 'Deeply Disappointed' In House Failure to Pass Farm Bill

21 June 2013

US - The NFU has expressed its disappointment following the US House of Representatives failure to pass the 2013 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act.

The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, was lost by a vote of 195-234.

NFU President Roger Johnson said: “With today’s failure to pass a farm bill, the House has let down rural America. We are deeply disappointed that the House voted against the best interests of family farmers and rural America.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said: “The failure by the House leadership, for the second year in a row, to reach consensus on a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is a tremendous disappointment for all Americans.

“Twice now, the US Senate has done its job and passed balanced, comprehensive legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“Unfortunately, the House version of this bill would have unfairly denied food assistance for millions of struggling families and their children, while failing to achieve needed reforms or critical investments to continue economic growth in rural America. As a result, the House was unable to achieve bipartisan consensus."

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