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Toomey Statement on Farm Bill

June 28, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement after the Senate approved the Farm Bill.

"This Farm Bill is another wasted opportunity to rein in excessive spending and end corporate welfare. It fails to reform, even modestly, any of the numerous taxpayer subsidies for agriculture products. It also fails to include a reasonable work requirement for adult, able-bodied food stamp recipients with no dependents. Most egregiously, it fails to touch the broken sugar program that forces American consumers to pay twice as much for sugar as the rest of the world.

"Almost as troubling is that this bill was barely subject to any amendments or input once it reached the Senate floor. Amendments to stop food stamp fraud and to reassert Congress' constitutional responsibility on trade, which I proposed with Senator Bob Corker, would have earned bipartisan support. Instead, these amendments were not even given up-or-down votes."