Kaptur statement on the failure of partisan GOP Farm Bill

May 18, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after voting no for the GOP led Farm Bill:

“America needs Congress to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill, not engage in political theatrics. Congress must immediately go back to the drawing board and produce a real Farm Bill that shows respect for our nation’s farmers and as well as consumers.

“Agriculture and nutrition are fundamental to maintaining a stable society. Even our early Presidents knew that. With farm prices at historic lows, increasingly unpredictable weather events, and millions of our citizens without food security, the Republican leadership in Congress must produce a bipartisan bill that meets the challenges of today and tomorrow.

“For a complicated state such as Ohio, where agriculture is one of our largest business sectors and multiple urban centers are dependent on food produced outside their borders, a stable agricultural economy is a must. It is part of our heritage and natural endowment.

“We cannot allow unnecessary political wrangling to deter us from meeting our responsibilities to this vital sector of our economy.

“Congressional Republicans continue to produce gridlock even as they control all three branches of the federal government. Republicans should do the job expected of them and pass a respectable Farm Bill.”