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June 28, 2013

U.S. Rep Dave Loebsack is disappointed in 'Farm Bill' failure

The United States House of Representatives failed to pass the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (HR 1947) last week, much to the disappointment of Rep. Dave Loebsack.

“The inability of the House to come together and move a farm bill forward is inexcusable. I have been calling for a farm bill for over a year now. Failure to enact a farm bill means jobs in our rural communities are at risk and cuts to rural and farm initiatives critical to Iowa’s economy are likely. I stood with the entire Iowa delegation to advance this critical legislation for farmers, Iowa’s economy, and families. The Senate was able to find commonsense compromise. The House needs to do the same,” Loebsack said in a statement. “I am deeply concerned with the extreme cuts to anti-hunger initiatives, known as SNAP, that were contained in the bill. Our economy is still struggling to recover and many families rely on this program to put food on the table and ensure their children do not go to school hungry. I was the only member from Iowa to cosponsor an amendment to restore these cuts and fought to have it included in the bill. Today’s vote shows that restoration of SNAP funding is critical to a farm bill being enacted.”

Loebsack said he has been working on this bill for over a year, and believes that now is the time to move the bill along. An amendment to the bill, written by Loebsack to allow farmers access to renewable energy, was included. Loebsack called the bill “imperfect,” but believes it is time to move a bill forward.

Veterans ForumJuly 2

Loebsack is scheduled to be back in Knoxville on Tuesday, July 2, for a veterans’ forum at the VFW at 11:15 a.m. The meeting is open to everyone. This will be a “listening post,” in which he is interested in hearing the concerns about veteran issues, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to take back to Washington.

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