“The Farm Bill conference report is just more business as usual and reverses the victory for common sense that taxpayers won last year. This logrolling prevents the long-term reforms that both farm programs and food stamps deserve. By separating farm policy from food stamps last summer, the House gave Americans an honest look at how Washington spends their money. As a farmer and a conservative, I cannot vote to take a step backwards.” —Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN 03)
Today, the House of Representatives voted 251 yeas to 166 nays to approve a nearly $1 trillion Farm Bill Conference Report, that almost nobody had time to read. It failed to achieve any true reforms and continues to be a majority Food Stamp bill. Rep. Stutzman, one of LLPH friends, is a farmer himself and voted against this bill. 63 other Republicans joined him in saying no:
LLPH Defender of Liberty Recipients 2013 who voted NO: Reps. Matt Salmon (R-AZ 5), David Schweikert (R-AZ 6), Tom McClintock (R-CA 4), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA 48), Ron DeSantis (R-FL 6), Bill Posey (R-FL 8), Paul Broun (R-GA 10), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS 1), Steve Scalise (R-LA 1), Andy Harris (R-MD 1), Justin Amash (R-MI 3), Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI 11), Steve Chabot (R-OH 1), Jim Jordan (R-OH 3), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK 3), Mark Sanford (R-SC 1), Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC 5), John Duncan Jr. (R-TN 2), Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1), Steve Stockman (R-TX 36), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI 5). 22/28-79% voted no. Thank you to these 22 leading conservatives who continue to fight for freedom and fiscal responsibility.
Other Republican Members Voting NO (they should be greatly commended…they are on the right track to getting a Defender Of Liberty Award this year): Bachmann (MN), Blackburn (TN), Burgess (TX), Coffman (CO), Collins (GA), Cook (CA), Cotton (AR), DesJarlais (TN), Fleischmann (TN), Fleming (LA), Fortenberry (NE), Foxx (NC), Franks (AZ), Frelinghuysen (NJ), Garrett (NJ), Gingrey (GA), Gosar (AZ), Gowdy (SC), Graves (GA), Hensarling (TX), Holding (NC), Hunter (CA), Jenkins (KS), Lamborn (CO), Lance (NJ), Lankford (OK), LoBiondo (NJ), Mica (FL), Miller (CA), Perry (PA), Pittenger (NC), Pitts (PA), Pompeo (KS), Price (GA), Rothfus (PA), Royce (CA), Stutzman (IN), Weber (TX), Wenstrup (OH), Williams (TX), Yoder (KS). 41 other NO votes. Thank you to these 41 as well.
Unfortunately. LLPH Defender of Liberty Recipients 2013 who UNFORTUNATELY voted YES: Reps. Raul Labrador (R-ID 1), Thomas Massie (R-KY 4), Mark Meadows (R-NC 11), Kenny Marchant (R-TX 24), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY AL). 5/28-18% voted yes.
(LLPH Defender of Liberty Recipients 2013 Not Voting: Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC 3). 1/28-3% did not vote.)
The Farm Bill will now head to the United States Senate, where it will likely unfortunately pass. But in the words of our allies at Heritage Action:
“Just because this Congress missed a real chance to have a farm-only farm bill and begin the process of enacting much-needed reforms doesn’t mean our work has stopped. Over the next several years, we will continue building a coalition committed to reform, and bringing America’s policies into the 21st Century.”