Thursday, February 6, 2014

2-7-14 u.s. senator tammy baldwin goes "between the lines" to talk farm bill

Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says while she doesn’t like everything in the new farm bill she believes it is a fair compromise.  Baldwin voted in favor of the bill this week and President Obama
will sign it Friday. "I am pleased that both houses of Congress came together in a bi-partisan fashion to support making some pretty significant reforms to farm programs,"  Baldwin told AM 1170 WFDL's Between the Lines program.  "...some of the most significant reforms we've seen in many decades."  
Baldwin says the bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions.  The bill also provides subsidies for rural communities and environmentally sensitive land and the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients will also be covered.  "In some ways we are encouraging innovation and new uses for agricultural products that I think could really change the future," Baldwin said.   "Its an agriculture bill, its a nutrition bill, but its also a conservation bill, and its also an energy bill and its also a bill focused on rural communities."  

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