Hoyer Remarks During Colloquy with Congressman Sessions

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“This side of the aisle believes the passage of the farm bill is very, very important. It's important for our agricultural interests, for our farmers. We believe it's very important for those who are relying on nutritional programs and support from us.”

“I tell the Gentleman, as he well knows, the farm bill for the past two years has passed out of the Committee with a majority of Democrats – and I think maybe unanimous but certainly overwhelming majority of Republicans. It passed out last year as a bipartisan bill. It was not brought to the Floor. It was not brought to the Floor, as the Gentleman recalls, because of the controversies on your side, not our side of the aisle.

“Very frankly, I tell my friend that what has happened, the farm bill was a bipartisan bill supported by a majority of Democrats in the Committee, as the Gentleman knows, and by the Ranking Democrat, Mr. Peterson. It came to the Floor, however, and that partisanship was undermined by the amendments that were adopted.”