Evans Sharply Denounces Partisan And Flawed Farm Bill Passage In House

June 21, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) a Member of the Subcommittee on Nutrition in the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement denouncing the Farm Bill passage:

“I am disappointed that the GOP Leadership had the unmitigated gall to bring this highly partisan and warped bill to the House Floor for a second vote, posing as the Farm Bill.  Nothing has changed in the bill since the last time it came to the Floor, so you have to wonder what was offered or said to those Members who voted No just a month ago to change their votes this time.

The partisan approach of the Majority has produced a bill that would hurt thousands of people in the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Under this version of the Farm Bill people would go hungry in my city and around the nation.  As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities noted: ‘The House Farm Bill breaks with the long history of bipartisan efforts to improve and reform SNAP. ‘

And at the end of the day, the millions of Americans who receive SNAP are consumers and they are part and parcel of the agro-economy which our farmers and ranchers depend as part of a symbiotic relationship.  The GOP not only failed them, they failed America today.

The fight is not over. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to create a bi-partisan Farm Bill that works for the people it was designed to serve.”