Rep. Ron Kind Statement on the House's Rejection of the Farm Bill

 WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) issued the following statement after today’s vote on the 2013 farm bill in the House of Representatives, known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act.  The bill failed today in the House by a vote of 234-195, with Rep. Kind voting against the legislation.

“This farm bill failed because it didn’t include the type of reform that I and others were pushing for to make the bill more fiscally responsible and more responsive to the needs of family farmers.

“I represent one of the largest agricultural districts in the country, and like many farmers in Wisconsin, I know that many of our agriculture programs just aren’t working. I was optimistic that this Congress, filled with members who like to talk about fiscal responsibility and reform, would be able to produce a bill that delivers real reform for taxpayers and farmers alike. Unfortunately, the final bill wasn’t nearly strong enough for me to support.

“I am proud of the work my colleagues and I did on issues like crop insurance reform, conservation efforts, and scaling back new commodity subsidy programs, and I am grateful to the bipartisan coalition that fought to reform our wasteful crop insurance programs. If the late Senator Bill Proxmire were still giving out his famous Golden Fleece Awards, our current crop insurance subsidies would be a sure winner. The federal government guarantees a 14% profit for insurance companies, with virtually no risk to the companies, while paying 100% of administrative and operating expenses for issuing the policies; if that’s not a Golden Fleece winner then I don’t know what is.

“Today, we voted down a flawed bill that was bad for farmers and bad for taxpayers. Moving forward, I will continue my efforts to create a more equitable safety net for family farmers, reform outdated agriculture policies, and protect American taxpayers from funding wasteful subsidy payments.”