Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Voices Support for New Farm Bill Ahead of Vote

May 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) spoke on the House floor to voice her support for H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill, which is scheduled for a vote in the House tomorrow.

“I am proud to serve Alabama’s Second District where agriculture is the largest employer – responsible for more than 93,000 jobs and more than $11 billion in economic impact,” said Representative Roby. “I know how critically important it is that Congress deliver agriculture policy that actually works for farmers throughout Alabama and our country and makes their important work easier – not harder. That’s why I’m proud that the new farm bill addresses many of the challenges farmers face every day.”

Representative Roby also praised conservative reforms to the federal nutrition assistance program that are included in the legislation.

“The new farm bill makes several needed improvements to our country’s nutrition assistance program by implementing strict work requirements and closing loopholes that allow for abuse of the system,” said Representative Roby.

The full text of Representative Roby’s remarks, as prepared, is below.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to offer my strongest support for H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill.

I am proud to serve Alabama’s Second District where agriculture is the largest employer – responsible for more than 93,000 jobs and more than $11 billion in economic impact.

So, Mr. Speaker, I know how critically important it is that Congress deliver agriculture policy that actually works for the farmers throughout Alabama and our country and makes their important work easier – not harder.

That’s why I’m proud that the new farm bill addresses many of the challenges farmers face every day, including streamlining and reducing burdensome federal pesticide regulations, creating a program to address our nation’s feral hog problem, and strengthening the existing crop insurance program.

In addition to all this, the new farm bill makes several needed improvements to our country’s nutrition assistance program by implementing strict work requirements and closing loopholes that allow for abuse of the system.

I am proud that the new farm bill maintains vital nutrition assistance for our most vulnerable Americans when they truly need it while making a commitment to helping these individuals improve their circumstances.

I’m proud to support this legislation, and I yield back.

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