With a 251-166 majority, the controversial 2014 Farm Bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Jan. 29, after a compromised bill was announced on Monday by congressional negotiators.
"We appreciate the courageous votes cast by the majority of the Texas delegation in favor of the bill's passage," said Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke in an official statement from the Texas Farm Bureau. "Realizing how important the bill is to all Americans, not just farmers and ranchers, we hope the Senate soon follows in the House's footsteps and approves the bill so that it can be sent to President Obama's desk for his signature."
The 2014 Farm Bill that was passed through Congress on Wednesday, would end direct subsidies to farms. Instead, it would favor crop insurances. The new deal is also believed to be able to trim close to $90 per month from food stamps for nearly 850,000 recipients, which in turn trim $8 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or more commonly known as food stamps) over the next 10 years.
The bill, which will last five years if put into law, will next come up against the Senate for the vote, and if passed, will be presented to President Obama to be signed into law.
"This bill was truly a work of compromise, and we believe the conference committee struck a good balance and made significant reforms, not only to farm programs but also to nutrition and other programs," said Dierschke. "If passed by the Senate and signed into law, this bill will provide certainty that Texas farmers and ranchers need as they move forward in preparation for the spring and seasons to come."