Farm Bill reintroduced in 113th Congress
February 4, 2013
“The reintroduction of the Farm Bill should be an important step in providing the vital resources that our producers need, especially after suffering through one of the worst droughts in decades. But it won’t help Colorado unless the House acts as well.”
— U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., about the reintroduction of the Farm Bill in Congress.
The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act was reintroduced last week in Congress, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
Bennet serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, which is responsible for reintroducing the bill in the 113th Congress.
The Act, better known as the Farm Bill, is nearly identical to the one passed by the Senate a session ago and includes more than $23 billion in deficit reductions, the release states.
It died last year when the U.S. House of Representatives failed to consider the Senate-passed bill or it's own version last year, according to the release.
"The reintroduction of the Farm Bill should be an important step in providing the vital resources that our producers need, especially after suffering through one of the worst droughts in decades," Bennet said in the release. "But it won't help Colorado unless the House acts as well.
"Coloradans across the state helped write key provisions in this bill, and I will fight to make sure their voices are heard."
Bennet spent August 2012 touring Colorado farms and ranches to get a firsthand perspective of last summer's drought, the release states.
As a result of the input he received from the state's agriculture community Bennet secured a number of provisions to improve growth and conservation programs important to Colorado.