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Local legislators comment on farm bill failure

Local legislators comment on farm bill failure

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Mount Vernon, WA, May 24, 2018 | comments

A week after the national farm bill failed to get through the U.S. House of Representatives, local legislators say that leading up to another vote they’re focusing on funding for rural development, crop insurance, nutrition and conservation.

The bill failed 198-213.

Another vote on the bill is expected in late June, Lou Wasson, a spokesman for Suzan DelBene, D-Wash, said in an email. It’s unclear at this point if any changes will be made to the bill.

 

The current five-year farm bill expires in September. The new bill reauthorizes federal farm and nutrition programs, including crop insurance, research, conservation and energy programs, and supplemental nutrition programs.

In a statement released prior to the vote, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., voiced his intent to vote against it.

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