Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley says he’s angry that the House was unable to pass the farm bill Thursday afternoon.
“It was a bad day for Iowa farmers and a bad day for Iowa.” Braley said, “That’s my reaction and I’m very angry and disappointed that we weren’t able to find the necessary bipartisan support to do our job the way the Senate did and get this bill to a conference committee.”
Braley puts much of the blame on the Republicans who control the House. He says their insistence on drug testing for food stamp benefits and on deep cuts in that program meant the measure didn’t get the bi-partisan support it needed.
“As hard as it has been to pass a farm bill, there’s always broad bipartisan support to do it and that bipartisan support seemed to collapse on the floor of the House and I think it was a significant blow to the speaker because he’s the one who ultimately has the responsibility to find the votes to get this done,” proclaimed Braley.
Braley says he’s angry because he worked hard to get the farm bill passed…only to see it defeated…
Braley stated, “I took a tough vote because I felt it was strong to send a message to Iowa farmers and people who make a living off of agriculture in Iowa that as broad in some ways this bill was, it was an important step in getting it to the conference committee, so we could get a five year farm bill.”
Braley outlined the reasons he felt the bill failed to get enough Democratic support…
“They made a conscious decision to drastically reduce funding for the food stamp program far below the bipartisan level that the Senate agreed upon and they did that knowing it would cost them a lot of Democratic votes,” declared Braley. “ Then they passed an amendment that required drug testing of food stamp recipients and they knew that would cost Democratic votes.”
Braley says he’s hoping he can work with Republicans to get a bill passed.
Iowa Radio Network
June 21, 2013