Congressman Adrian Smith says the defeat of the Farm Bill in the House disappoints him.
Smith says the House needed to move the legislation to begin negotiations with the Senate.
“I’m very disappointed in what took place today, because I think a very diligent effort has been made by a lot of folks,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We’re in a position now where some people think the Farm Bill has too many cuts. Other people think the Farm Bill doesn’t have enough cuts.”
The dispute centered on the appropriate appropriation for the food stamp program. The bill proposed cutting the food stamp and other nutrition programs by $20 billion, well over the $4 billion cut proposed in the legislation approved by the Senate.
Those cuts went too far for many Democrats in the House, while they didn’t go far enough for many Republicans.
“Most often, that’s generally a recipe for success and getting things done,” Smith says. “However, this time we just came up short with the votes.”
The House bill was projected to cost $940 billion over its five-year life. It cuts $5 billion from the program that makes direct payments to farmers and, instead, funded a $9 billion crop insurance program.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]