Maloney to Support Final 2018 Farm Bill
WASHINGTON – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that he would support the Conference Report to the 2018 Farm Bill, which represents a bipartisan compromise on the crucial agriculture legislation rather than the partisan House version he opposed earlier this year. The final legislation includes provisions of bills Rep. Maloney authored and refrains from making massive changes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Rep. Maloney will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss the bill in greater detail with local agriculture leaders and members of the press.
“I’m proud to say that the difference between this bill and the partisan House bill I opposed earlier this year is night and day. I will support the final version of the bill because it maintains the progress we made for the Hudson Valley in the 2014 Farm Bill and even makes improvements in key areas.
“I worked to include provisions of my Local FARMS Act, Young and Beginning Farmers Act and the Whole Farm Crop Insurance Improvement Act in the final version of the bill, which will help new farmers get their start in a career in agriculture and support our local food systems. We made important progress on research and conservation funding. And we fixed the broken dairy program, creating a program that will not only provide accessible coverage for dairy farmers but will also refund farmers for premiums paid into the broken old program.
“We also kept all the garbage out of the bill. The House-passed bill would have thrown millions of Americans off of the SNAP program including people who currently qualify through LIHEAP – a system that helps low income families heat their homes in the winter and afford food.
“Ultimately, the bill keeps the good stuff from 2014 and improves the programs that weren’t working. It’s a good bill and it should become law by the end of the week.”
Details on Friday’s press conference are forthcoming.