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Tuberville responds to Senate Democrats refusing to negotiate on farm bill



U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) on Tuesday slammed the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman over his comments about passing a new farm bill this year.

Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said she has no intention of negotiating with Republicans on changes to the Thrift Food Program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“I'm not going to do that,” Stabenow said at a White House anti-hunger event. “So if that means continuing the policies of the 2018 Farm Bill, which was, in my opinion, very good policy, then that's fine.”

“That's fine,” Stabenow said. It's very important. ”

according to politikoRepublicans said their plan to limit renewals of the Thrift Food Program would not affect current SNAP benefits for the more than 40 million low-income Americans who rely on the program.

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“As the voice for Alabama on the Senate AG Committee, I know how important the Farm Bill is not only to the agriculture industry but to food security as a whole,” said Sen. Tuberville.

“It is ridiculous for the Agriculture Committee chair to suggest delaying the Farm Bill any further when we are over a year late and farmers are suffering more than ever. It shows that they care more about climate change and welfare benefits than about food production.”

“Our nation's farmers, foresters, and producers are hurting in Joe Biden's economy. The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that farmers' net income is nearly $40 billion lower than last year and $70 billion over two years. This is the largest decline in agricultural economic history. Democrats need to wake up and stop prioritizing left-wing climate change issues over national food security and farmers' livelihoods. I will continue to fight for a Farm Bill that puts farmers first so we can feed, fuel and clothe America.”

The current Farm Bill authorization is set to expire at the end of September, and the House Agriculture Committee is working to pass the Farm Bill.

Yaffee is a contributor to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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