Statement from U.S. Rep. John Katko on Farm Bill

May 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement regarding H.R. 2, The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

“Our region’s farmers and growers contribute significantly to Central New York’s economy and I’ve proudly fought for their interests in Washington.  The Farm Bill before the House today included critical relief for our dairy farmers by improving the Margin Protection Program.  It prevented cuts for crop insurance that CNY farmers heavily depend on, and it strengthened programs for apple and other specialty crop farmers.  I was proud to advocate for these reforms, and applaud their inclusion in the bill that the House voted on today.

“Despite these wins,  I voted against this bill because I simply cannot ignore the devastating rate of poverty in my district.   With nearly 18% of all households in NY-24 dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), I could not look past the provisions in this bill which would alter this program significantly and result in a crushing blow to the thousands of individuals and families in our community working to raise themselves out of poverty.  We cannot give the most vulnerable members of our community yet another disadvantage.

“This is the beginning of the process, not the end.  While the bill failed to pass through this chamber today, I am hopeful that both sides can come together to bring a bill to the President’s desk that will both strengthen our region’s farming communities and ensure that those who rely on SNAP are able to feed their families and work towards a better life.”