WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in support of the 2018 Farm Bill today, which passed the House and ended a multi-week delay that had caused uncertainty for American farmers.
The 2018 Farm Bill also includes significant welfare reform measures and modest job-search or work requirements for food stamp recipients. Congressman Higgins advocated for the elimination of wasteful spending and fraud within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Congressman Higgins worked with the House Agriculture Committee to preserve the zero-cost U.S. sugar policy, which provides critical support to Louisiana sugarcane farmers and millers. He spoke on the House floor, urging his colleagues to support a sugar policy that puts American farmers and American farm families first.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“The 2018 Farm Bill is righteously focused on putting American farmers and American agriculture first. It’s good for sugar. It’s good for rice. We protected the critical programs that Louisiana farmers rely upon, allowing them to continue to compete and win on a global scale. This bill works for Louisiana and is a win for America.
The Farm Bill also delivers the most significant welfare reform measures in more than a decade. Modest work requirements will reduce the waste, fraud, and abuse that plagues the food stamp program. It’s pretty simple. Those who can work should work.”