Gianforte Votes for Farm Bill
Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte today voted for the Farm Bill Conference Report, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives 369-47. Ahead of the vote, Gianforte spoke on the House floor, urging his colleagues to vote for the legislation.
“This Farm Bill is a win for Montana’s farmers and ranchers who work the land to feed our country and the world,” Gianforte said.
Gianforte praised the Farm Bill for protecting Montana ag producers and providing them greater certainty. “This Farm Bill gives our farmers and ranchers a strong safety net that protects them against the impact of natural disasters and unpredictable, unfair trade practices of other countries,” Gianforte said.
Gianforte described how the Farm Bill takes care of Montana priorities, including protecting Montana’s sugar beet growers and producers, supporting the Agricultural Research Service, assisting rural EMS providers, and improving rural broadband delivery.
An advocate of forest management reform to improve the health of forests and reduce the severity of wildfires, Gianforte noted of the Farm Bill, “It improves how we manage our forests by empowering county governments to improve management of neighboring National Forest System lands.”
While providing counties with Good Neighbor Authority is a positive step, Gianforte cautioned the reform is one of many needed to begin to actively manage federal forests.
Gianforte concluded his remarks on the House floor, “This Farm Bill works for Montana. I urge my colleagues to give America’s farmers and ranchers the certainty they need and vote for the Farm Bill Conference Report.”
The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Conference Report to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2. It now goes to the president for his consideration.
Nearly 500 agriculture groups support H.R. 2, including the Montana Grain Growers Association and the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. Read their letter of support HERE.