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January 29th, 2014

Latham Floor Statement On House Farm Bill

Washington, DC –  Iowa’s Third District Congressman Tom Latham released his floor statement regarding the bipartisan Farm Bill reauthorizing the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs following passage of the measure in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The statement reads:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend the House on the passage of a new farm bill.  I know that the Chairman, the Ranking Member and many other members of this body have worked diligently for a very long period of time to reach this point.   I am glad that this body has finally passed legislation that can bring some certainty to Iowa producers and allow them to plan for their economic futures.  While I know that we would all agree that this process has taken far too long, I appreciate the endless hours of work to bring us to this significant accomplishment.  I trust the legislation will soon make it to the President’s desk.

However, no farm bill is perfect and I would be remiss if I did not point out that this bill does not address all of the serious issues of concern to the agricultural community.  Congress must address the serious issues related to Country of Origin Labeling in the meat industry.  Our livestock producers are quite appropriately concerned that they may face trade retaliation from some of our closest trading partners if these issues are not properly addressed.  There are also legitimate concerns regarding USDA’s ability to write regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock, which are not addressed in this farm bill. While I am very pleased with what has been accomplished here today,  I urge my colleagues to join me in making sure that we complete the work on those issues which were not included in today’s legislation.  Thank you, Mr. Speaker.”

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