Gibbs Statement on Farm Bill Passage

December 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Shortly after passage of HR 2, the Farm Bill, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

“American farmers have faced several years of a difficult agriculture economy with depressed crop prices. This bill helps America continue to grow and raise the world’s safest, most abundant food supply. This Farm Bill maintains the agricultural safety net without adding any net new spending. Additionally, some improvements were made to the SNAP program, including initiatives to assist beneficiaries find work. I was also successful in adding anti-abuse provisions to shorten length of time SNAP benefits are frozen for lack of use, and reduces from twelve to nine months the amount of time before unused SNAP benefits are removed from an account. I was also able to include a provision to promote responsible fertilizer application modeled after Ohio’s successful 4R program to protect water quality. This Farm Bill was not perfect, but included conservative reforms while preserving nutrition assistance and insurance support. I am glad to see this strong bipartisan effort pass the House.”