Tipton: U.S. House missed opportunity on farm bill
The House’s rejection of the 2013 Farm Bill was a disappointment, U.S. Rep Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said.
The bill died with 195 yeas and 234 nays with Tipton, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, voting for it.
“This was not a perfect bill, but a good first step toward reform that would have eliminated or consolidated more than 100 government programs, and saved $40 billion,” Tipton said in a statement.
The savings included $20 billion in reforms to the food-stamps program.
The bill also included a provision that would have allowed the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to lease new air tankers without additional cost to taxpayers, to fight wildfires.
Tipton said he was disappointed with “this missed opportunity to implement needed reforms, as well as the missed opportunity to provide certainty for the agriculture community by continuing vital programs including crop insurance, research, investments in production and regulatory relief.”