Wisconsin senators on 2018 Farm Bill passage through senate

Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 10:49 PM CST
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Wisconsin's senators have released statements on the 2018 Farm Bill's passage through the Senate Tuesday. It's expected to pass the House with bipartisan support.

Republican senator Ron Johnson voted against the bill, saying it does not include needed reforms to SNAP spending. Democrat senator Tammy Baldwin writes that she believes the bill introduces important investments for farmers.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson

“Once again, senators were forced to vote on a ‘farm bill’ where nearly 80 percent of the spending was directed to SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program. Eight years into a recovery, with unemployment at historically low levels, 13 percent of the population is still on food stamps. This is a level of participation normally experienced during recessions and high unemployment. I will continue to support Wisconsin’s farm families and fight for their ability to sell their goods at fair prices around the world, but I will not support a ‘farm bill’ in name only that does not include needed reforms to a runaway spending program.”

Democrat Senator Tammy Baldwin

“Wisconsin farmers are a key driver of our agriculture economy and the backbone of our rural communities, but right now our farmers are facing a perfect storm of challenges that have threatened their businesses and our communities,” said Senator Baldwin. “I’ve met with farmers across Wisconsin and I brought their concerns and ideas to Washington to make sure the Farm Bill works for our Wisconsin farmers. I’ve worked for strong investments and reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill to support our hardworking farmers, and ensure they have the tools to be successful and move our state forward. It’s time for Congress to get the job done and get this bipartisan legislation to the President’s desk.”