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Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said Congress made a mistake by not passing the Farm bill and he hopes the bill gets a second chance because it will help reduce the deficit and ensure high-quality, low-cost food remains available for Americans.
"Good farm policy benefits all Americans - that means the highest-quality, lowest-cost food supply in the world," Hoeven said in a video response (below) via TellDC.com, a website that allows people to ask questions to their elected representatives. "So this isn't just about our ranchers and farmers, this is about every American -- and in this farm bill, we provide real savings to reduce the deficit and the debt."
The House voted 234-195 Thursday to reject the half-trillion-dollar farm bill. The last-minute addition of optional state work requirements turned away many Democratic votes from the typically bipartisan support for farm bills, the AP reported. The bill also included a contentious provision that would have cut roughly $2 billion annually from food stamp funding while imposing stricter rules regarding eligibility in the nearly $80 billion-a-year program.
Watch Hoeven's full remarks to Melissa Hopkins, executive producer of TellDC.com:
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