WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday Congressman Jim Matheson voted against H.R. 2642: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, more commonly known as the Farm Bill.
In a statement released Wednesday, Matheson said:
I voted against the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) because the bill was fiscally irresponsible. At a time when the federal government is running huge deficits, I could not support a bill with so much wasteful spending, including: a government guaranteed return of 14 percent to private companies offering crop insurance; loopholes that allow multiple family members at an individual farm to double dip for federal money; and an annual payment of $147 million to Brazil so that it won’t file a trade claim against the U.S. for our excessive subsidization of cotton farmers in the United States. Moreover, while so many fiscally irresponsible subsidies are in the bill, support for people facing food insecurity was reduced. We need a long term farm and food supply policy for our country, but this bill is not the answer.
Utah Reps. Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart and Jason Chaffetz voted in favor of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act.