Oklahoma Senators Unite and Vote No on Final Passage of 2018 Farm Bill in Senate- James Lankford Says Reform Lacking in BillThu, 28 Jun 2018 18:09:03 CDT
One large step closer to delivering on promised certainty, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announce the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. Click here for the complete roll call vote.
“Today marks an important day for farm country. We are one step closer to providing farmers and ranchers a Farm Bill with the certainty and predictability they deserve,” said Chairman Roberts. “I thank my partner in this journey, Ranking Member Stabenow, as well as many of our Senate colleagues who offered leadership and expertise. I am proud we have a strong, budget neutral Farm Bill with broad support.”
“The 2018 Senate Farm Bill proves that bipartisanship is a tried and true approach to getting things done,” said Ranking Member Stabenow. “By working across the aisle, we crafted a Farm Bill that strengthens our diverse agricultural economy and all the jobs it supports in Michigan and across the county. I want to thank Chairman Roberts for his leadership and partnership, along with our Senate colleagues who contributed their ideas for improving American agriculture.”
It is expected that a Conference between the House and the Senate will begin sometime in July, with the goal to produce a conference report before the end of September, when the 2014 Farm Law expires.
Two of the eleven "NO" votes came from Oklahoma, as both Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe gave a thumbs down to the measure.
Even as the vote was underway, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Oklahoma's junior Senator, James Lankford, who said that more reform has to happen before he could support a final product. The Senator said that if you can't reform the SNAP program right now with the economy producing more jobs than people to fill them- there will never be a time to achieve reform.
Senator Lankford offered this tweet which further explains his vote: "I strongly support the important work of our #farmers and ranchers in #Oklahoma. The Farm Bill has a nice-sounding name- the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018- but the bill doesn’t make real improvements and reforms to our federal agriculture policy."
Lankford explained his "No" vote on the bill itself to Hays, as well as the "No" vote he cast on the Lee-Booker amendment that would have resulted in no group or other entity that has Lobbyists from being able to contract with a Checkoff Group to accomplish the goals of improving demand for producers.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear Hays and Senator Lankford as they discuss his "No" vote on the Farm Bill.
Click here for an opportunity to read the complete bill and amendments.
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