OK Senator Jim Inhofe Applauds Farm Bill Passage - Touts Efforts to Improve Bill's Disaster ProgramsThu, 13 Dec 2018 12:21:43 CST
Now that both Chambers of Congress have passed the 2018 Farm Bill, the next step in the process to officially make the legislation the law of the land is for President Donald Trump to affix his signature to it. As the nation awaits that moment, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays reached out to Oklahoma’s Senior Senator Jim Inhofe for his take on the Farm Bill and its provisions. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
Throughout the process, Inhofe has been very supportive of the Farm Bill and says he joined his Republican colleagues in ‘holding Democrats’ feet to the fire’ regarding SNAP reform. But one area of this bill, is something Inhofe is very proud of, having spearheaded the effort to include it himself.
“Remember, some of the disasters that happened in western Oklahoma and the big fire that took place… at that time, we learned some things that I went ahead and put into bill form and then we put it into the Farm Bill,” he said. “So, we have provisions in there that are good but one thing that is very important.”
Inhofe, referring to the SNAP portion of the bill, says many people do not realize that the Farm Bill includes the Food Stamp program. He says that while Democrats attempted to ignore any proposed reforms to this portion of the bill, Republicans remained firm - some of them voting against the bill until it went to conference - until some changes were made.
“The only reason that liberals throw that in the Farm Bill is because they know the Farm Bill is going to pass and they know Republicans are going to oppose Food Stamp expansion - which has got us where we are today with it,” he said. “So, several Republicans voted against the Farm Bill until it went to conference and were able to make some victories over the Food Stamp program.”
Other victories were made in addition to those reforms he mentioned, including a provision that will allow CRP land to be grazed in the event of a catastrophic emergency, like we saw this year with the wildfires that sparked in northwest Oklahoma. Inhofe is also glad to see a new loan program that will encourage young and beginning farmers and ranchers to stay or get engaged in the ag industry.
Listen to Senator Inhofe speak more on this topic and others including the newly revised WOTUS rule that has been proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and his expectations for how President Trump plans to resolve the government funding debacle as Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate an appropriations bill. To hear their complete conversation, click or tap the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of the page.
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