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Dear Friend,

This week the House passed, with my support, the conference agreement for the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013(HR 2642), also known as the Farm Bill. This bi-partisan legislation authorizes federal agricultural programs for an additional five years.

The bill saves taxpayers $16 billion in federal spending, and makes significant reforms to farm policy. It repeals or consolidates nearly 100 programs administered by the United State Department of Agriculture(USDA), including the wasteful Direct Payments program. This bill also helps create jobs by reducing the regulatory barriers for job creators, while still making investments in land stewardship, rural electric, water, and other infrastructure needs.

This Farm Bill agreement also makes the first reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), also known as food stamps, since the welfare reforms of 1996. These reforms make sure that the program is providing for those who need it. This bill helps eliminate waste in the system by ensuring that illegal immigrants, lottery winners, and the deceased no longer receive SNAP benefits. These reforms to SNAP are estimated to save taxpayers $8 billion.

American taxpayers and farmers deserve to have certainty and savings. By adopting this five-year farm bill we take a step forward reduction of our spending and support for our small businesses, farmers, and ranchers. While this may not be a perfect bill, it is a fair compromise proving that Republicans and Democrats can work together.

Sincerely,

David B. McKinley, P.E.

Member of Congress

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