Johnson Comments on Farm Bill

Washington, DC. – Senator Ron Johnson (WI) released the following statement regarding his vote on the Farm Bill:

"About 80 percent of the spending in the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act will be spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — commonly called food stamps, a program that is out of control and should be separated from the farm bill and debated on its own merits. This bill is simply not targeted to help farm and dairy families dealing with overregulation, misguided federal policies, and weak demand brought on by terrible economic growth.

"Instead of beginning to address the problem, this bill only makes it worse.

"I voted against the farm bill. Its positive provisions, such as improved risk management, are outweighed by negative ones, such as government regulated dairy supply management and sugar subsidies. I hope the Senate can soon begin work on legislation that genuinely addresses the real problems that farm and dairy families are dealing with every day."