Hartzler and Ag Committee produce FARRM Bill to repeal outdated programs while saving taxpayers money

May 16, 2013 Issues: Agriculture

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and her colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee have approved a bipartisan Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Bill that saves taxpayers money, reduces deficit spending, and repeals outdated government programs while ensuring a safe, affordable food supply.

“This FARRM Bill is the product of a multi-year process that included auditing for effectiveness and efficiency of every policy under the jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee,” said Hartzler. “Every part of this bill contributes fairly to deficit reduction.”

“This bill eliminates or consolidates more than 100 programs and it ends subsidies that went to farmers regardless of market conditions,” continued Hartzler. “The legislation includes my amendment to end the duplicative U.S. Department of Agriculture catfish inspection program – something I have been working on for more than a year - saving taxpayers $14 million a year.”

“The bill also ushers in the first reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – or food stamps – since the welfare reforms of 1996, saving more than $20 billion,” added Hartzler. “Our bill is a ‘win-win’ for both consumers and food producers.”

Having been approved by the House Agriculture Committee, the Farm Bill now moves to the full House for its consideration.

In addition to serving on the Agriculture Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Budget and Armed Services Committees.