Nebraska Radio Network: Cong. Fortenberry optimistic about Farm Bill passage in the U.S. House

May 22, 2018
In The News

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE1) says the failure to pass a Farm Bill Friday means lawmakers have another chance to produce a better bill.

The chamber failed to approve the bill Friday on a 198-213 vote after all Democrats and a faction of Republicans withheld support.

Fortenberry says his GOP colleagues withheld support because of immigration.

“The Farm Bill is separate from immigration, and I think it ought to remain separate from any immigration considerations,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN in Lincoln. “They were trying to leverage their vote for a Farm Bill to try to enhance their perspective on an immigration proposal.”

Democrats opposed the bill because it contained stricter requirements for SNAP – or food stamp – recipients.

Fortenberry says the measure redirected some SNAP funding to get recipients back to work.

“I think it’s a reasonable thing to do, while ensuring that you’re protecting the most vulnerable Americans,” he explains, “but ensuring also that people have access to good and meaningful work, and have a transition process, is essential to the program itself.”

There is a motion to reconsider the failed bill, but Fortenberry says he is not sure when that will happen.

The U.S. Senate is still working on its version of the Farm Bill.

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