WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the 2018 Farm Bill.
“The People’s House just passed the Farm Bill, and that’s good news for farmers across the country. It will give them the certainty and stability they need to stay in business and provide food security to the world. Farmers in Eastern Washington are always top of mind, and this bill protects crop insurance, increases market development abroad, and supports agriculture research, like the great work being done at Washington State University. I heard directly from farmers I represent on these three priorities, and I’m glad to see them move forward today.
“The Farm Bill is also an historic effort to empower more people to build a foundation for a better life. That’s what the sensible work requirements for work-capable adults in this bill are all about. Right now, there are more than 6 million jobs open across the country. With more job opportunities ready to be seized in a booming economy, we need to bring more people off the sidelines. The Farm Bill will give them the tools required to find employment and create a brighter future for themselves. Remember, a job really means so much more than a paycheck. It’s what gives us a purpose. On behalf of our farmers and families, I would like to thank Chairman Conaway for his leadership on the Farm Bill, and for his commitment to protecting the dignity of work.”